Understanding and Being Discussion 1:1
Archival Number: CD/mp3 133
Author: Lonergan, B.
CD/mp3 133, first part of first discussion session at Halifax lectures on Insight. Corresponds to CWL 5: 253-66. Sponsored by Discovery Theatre in memory of Margorie Bassett. The first set of questions had to do with mathematics and logic. Lonergan reviews the general history of mathematical logic that he presented in Phenomenology and Logic in greater detail. A second set of questions has to do with refusing insights. Insofar as one is orientated to insight consciously and subconsciously, one is moving towards insight. There is a preconscious effort moving toward insight. I don't refuse insight in a conscious, deliberate fashion. It is not accurate to say insight is always unexpected. Some insights integrate what went before. But the more fundamental the insight, the more unexpected will be the actual occurrence of the insight. A heuristic structure supplies a field in which the insights can occur. There are treated several items about self-appropriation. (1) Building up a philosophy without self-appropriation ends at a nest of disputed questions. (2) Part of self-appropriation is uncovering what is meant by 'true' and what the criterion of 'true' is. (3) Self-appropriation as relevant to philosophy is in the intellectual pattern, as maximum detachment. But the pure desire to know can be considered as one affectivity to be selected and favored against others. And there are insights that arise in ordinary living, linked with self-involvement.