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The Boston College Lonergan Institute is proud to announce the "Critical Thinking, Critical Realism" Symposium

Friday, April 26  Stokes Hall 295S Boston College 3-7pm
Complimentary buffet dinner on Friday evening, first come, first served

Saturday, April 27  Stokes Hall 195S Boston College 9am-5pm

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, for info: 617-552-8095
General / Re: Lonergan in the public domain - Happy New Year!
« Last post by Richard Moodey on March 17, 2013, 01:00:24 PM »
Doug, Catherine, and Doge,

I hesitate to respond, because my responses seem to be conversation stoppers.  I believe, rightly or wrongly, that the folks who once were active on this forum have turned to other ways of communicating, where they won't be bothered by what I have to say. 

Enough of my paranoid self-pity!  I agree with Catherine that many of Lonergan's ideas are "out there" in the wider world, but most often without acknowledgement -- or even the realization that could result in a citation.  To the extent that Lonergan has correctly described and explained his own inner life, and to the extent that his inner life is very similar to the inner lives of all men and women, others will come up with similar descriptions and explanations of their inner lives.  Each person has the potential for appropriating and affirming the dynamic structure of his or her knowing and doing, even without having read, or even heard of, Lonergan.

Best regards,

Calendar Events / Announcing the 4th International Lonergan Workshop
« Last post by bclonerganctr on March 07, 2013, 04:35:29 PM »
Rome, Toronto, Mainz….and now, Jerusalem!

Please join us in Israel this summer for the

4th International Lonergan Workshop

Ratisbonne House


August 21 – 28, 2013

We will be hosted  by Ivo Coelho, SDB

Please contact Fred Lawrence (  for more details and to express interest in the attending the conference.
The 40th Annual Lonergan Workshop, The Hermeneutics of Reform & Renewal: 50th Anniversary of Vatican II, will be held between June 16 and June 22, 2013 on the campus of Boston College. See the attached document for more information and registration directions.
Calendar Events / The Second Latin American Lonergan Workshop
« Last post by Forum Administrator on March 06, 2013, 07:36:42 AM »
The Second Latin American Lonergan Workshop
Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
June 13-14, 2013
Theme: “The Human Good”
Participants are invited to submit a one-page abstract to Francisco “Paco” Galan ( or James Duffy (  by April 19th, 2013.  To pre-register, please send an email to Francisco or James indicating your affiliation, any special needs, and if you will be staying through the weekend of June 15-16th.  There will be a registration fee of $250 MXN ($20 USD) payable on the first day of the workshop.
Accommodations -- the CAMINO REAL Santa Fe is within walking distance of the university.     Reservations with Estela Anguiano, 011-52-55-5004-1616, ext. 4954
Calendar Events / West Coast Methods Institute
« Last post by Forum Administrator on March 06, 2013, 07:35:23 AM »
The West Coast Methods Institute will be held this year at Loyola Marymount University April 4 to April 6. Further information will be provided soon.
General / Re: Lonergan in the public domain - Happy New Year!
« Last post by Doge of Venice on February 21, 2013, 03:04:25 PM »
I imagine it's straight forward copyright laws. Father Lonergan only entered his eternal reward in 1984. Aquinas died centuries ago and, further, published before the advent of copyright laws.
Method In Theology / Re: Cosmopolis and functional specialization
« Last post by Richard Moodey on February 12, 2013, 05:55:37 PM »
Hi Catherine,

You ask: "Do you think that having language or using metaphors is a block to our understanding of the real?"  No, definitely not.  I think that the acquisition of language by our hominin ancestors was necessary for the development of the progressively broader and deeper knowledge of the real that has been an essential aspect of the story of humanity.

Instead of "understanding the real," I think we might better say "knowing the real."  My knowing of the real is completed by acts of judging, that, as you have often and forcefully pointed out, must follow upon acts of understanding.  Language is important to judging, because I think acts of understanding, especially in the sciences, have to be formulated as hypotheses before they can be subjected to questions for reflection.

Best regards,

Method In Theology / Re: Cosmopolis and functional specialization
« Last post by Catherine B. King on February 09, 2013, 11:39:33 AM »
Hello Dick:  Okay--back to the language diversion--again. 

That is, you and I can experience wonder and questions as they are raised; and you and I can talk about that experience in a multitude of concepts and metaphors, so that we both know that we are talking generally about the same kind of experience.  We can do so in the same way that E=MC2 refers generally to the same reality that Einstein referred to.  E=MC2 is mathematical language. It's how we go about knowing, and sharing that knowing, just as "raising questions of the type what is it" is a general statement about both our experiences, that we both can share and know.

However, the fact that we go through language to understand and come to know does not negate the fact that we have experiences, or that E=MC2 refers generally to how physics works, the reality of which we can express and communicate to others as shared experiences and/or knowledge through that language.  You and I either have the experience of wondering or we do not, regardless of how we expressed it--in metaphorical or conceptual language.  And if we didn't have language, we couldn't know and share the experiences as we do.

Do you think that having language or using metaphors is a block to our understanding of the real?

Method In Theology / Re: Cosmopolis and functional specialization
« Last post by Richard Moodey on February 08, 2013, 07:07:42 PM »

Hi Catherine, 

I think that we can have a theory about how something works, and that a theory about a method need not obscure the distinction I want to maintain between theory and method.  I also think that this is something about which we agree. 

I also believe that one of the benefits of exploring areas of disagreement is clarifying the agreements that constitute the context within which responsible discussions about disagreements are possible.  These agreements are the metaphorical "ground" upon which we stand in carrying out the discussions.

Best regards,


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