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I apologize for waiting so long to reply. There were two reasons for my delay: ignorance and discouragement. My ignorance was of Lonergan's economics; my discouragement was from the feeling I had that my posts to the forum were functioning as conversation-killers. I had the impression, correct or incorrect, that other members of the forum no longer wanted to converse with me. I am again posting to the forum because conversations on the Lonergan_l list serve have brought up the prospect of creating a blog that would, it seems to me, duplicate what has been created here. So I have decided to participate again in what I regard as a well-constructed site, potentially a great setting for the kinds of conversations for which I hope.

I have, I believe, reduced my ignorance somewhat, and reading Eileen de Neeve's attachment has been a part of my learning about Lonergan's economics. Her explanation of the creative way in which Lonergan synthesized ideas of Hayak and Keynes seems to me to be right on target. Another part of my learning has come about through studying the ideas of Hayak and Keynes in connection with my work on Michael Polanyi's economics. I published this in Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical. It is available at

Polanyi, like Lonergan, believed that economic reform depended upon better economic education, and struggled to make Keynes' thinking accessible to the general public. One of his efforts involved creating an animated movie as a teaching device, hence the title of the essay that was the focus of several critical essays in that issue of Tradition and Discovery, "The Visual Presentation of Social Matters." Through animation, Polanyi hoped to be able to present a model of the economic that was dynamic, rather than static, as is the case in non-animated pictures.

I am currently involved in reading volumes 21 and 15 of the Collected Works, and in reading some things others have written about Lonergan's economics. I expect to post some more of my reflections in this in this location.

Dick Moodey
General / Re: Self-Appropriation As Merely Adverting to Given
« Last post by Richard Moodey on July 13, 2015, 12:58:19 PM »
David and Catherine,

Catherine's reply sticks very close to Lonergan's own language. I like to put it in the language of Michael Polanyi, whose thought is similar to, but certainly not identical to Lonergan's. What a person does in self-appropriation is to make explicit what had previously been tacit. We know by experiencing, understanding, and judging, but prior to self-appropriation, we know it without saying it. Polanyi argues that we always know more than we can say, but he does not argue that there is no value in making some of that tacit knowing explicit. So in his chapter on self-affirmation, Lonergan explicitly asks, "Am I a knower?" And he explicitly states the conditions for answering "yes." And he argues that personal appropriation of ones own cognitive operations will result in affirming that these conditions have been met.

Best regards,

Bernard Lonergan Archives / Notes on Education
« Last post by dnordquest on February 15, 2015, 06:56:31 PM »
Topics in Education incorporates much material from notes discovered after the Quinns had prepared their edition. Are these notes available in the archives? (I couldn't find them.)  There is a reference in Topics to an epistemological section in which I am especially interested.


Method In Theology / Method in Theology
« Last post by Del Allan on August 09, 2014, 09:30:22 PM »
Good Evening:

I am striking out to read Method In Theology.  I read Insight several years ago, and my interest was recently piqued again in Lonergan this week.  I look forward to looking through this Forum for tidbits and clarity on my journey.


Method In Theology / Re: Objectivity
« Last post by Romero D Souza on June 08, 2014, 12:53:50 AM »
Dear Dick,

Thanks for your note. Truly never thought of the reality of psychopaths. I believe that all do possess the gift of the love of God as well as that of the grace of God.
Method In Theology / Lonergan's Discovery Page of Collaboration
« Last post by Phil McShane on April 15, 2014, 11:41:06 AM »
Greetings all,

Terry Quinn sent out yesterday (Monday April 14th) a general appeal about commemorating the 50th anniversary of Lonergan's greatest discovery, the structure of a global functional collaboration that would make seriously probable, in the long run, the emergence of an effective Cosmopolis. I attach that famous page here and, as a first response to Quinn's request, invite people to share reflections here on what this page means to them personally as a communal project that meets the desperate needs of our time.

My own views on that neglected project are well known.  But it is perhaps of interest to recall my experience of the emergence of that discovery and the page. I was in France, spring of 1965, when Fred Crowe wrote to me about the break-through. The next summer Lonergan went over the project with me in Toronto.  In 1969 I was able to sketch its significance for restructuring musicology and I presented the sketch at the International Lonergan conference in Florida, 1970.  In 1973, while cataloguing the archives in Toronto, I came across the page and drew attention to it and its context. Sadly, not much attention has been given to the page or its omnidisciplinary and global relevance in the past 50 years. Maybe Quinn has given the needed nudge?

Phil McShane
General / Re: Theology of the Workplace
« Last post by ctackney on February 21, 2014, 12:27:00 PM »
Part 3/3.
General / Re: Theology of the Workplace
« Last post by ctackney on February 21, 2014, 11:44:41 AM »
Part 2/3.
General / Re: Theology of the Workplace
« Last post by ctackney on February 21, 2014, 11:26:10 AM »
Tackney, Charles T. (2013). A Theology of the Workplace: Adaptive Appropriation in Japanese Labor Law and the Roman Catholic Social Question. Theoforum. 43: 1 - 2. 107 - 134.

> The originating paper on the topic. In three PDF parts due to upload constraints.
General / Theology of the Workplace
« Last post by ctackney on February 21, 2014, 10:10:35 AM »
A few papers on an empirically grounded theological analysis of employment relations parameters in light of religious teachings on the social question or the question of the worker.
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