Understanding and Being Discussion 2:1
Archival Number: CD/mp3 137
Author: Lonergan, B.
CD/mp3 137, first part of second discussion session at Halifax lectures on Insight. Corresponds to CWL 5: 280-93. Sponsored by Michael Vertin and Margaret O'Gara. Insight and Concept. Ideas are the content of insights. There is possibly room for a distinction between the act of conception and the content, which is the concept. There is some difference between the content of insight and the content of concept. And the effort at general conception involves the introduction of a scientific ideal. There is a difficult question as to the involvement of concepts in insights themselves. Inverse Insight and the Empirical Residue. The empirical residue differs from inverse insight in that there is lacking the element of anticipating an intelligibility. 'Similars are similarly understood' does not solve the problem of accurately formulating what one gets in a given insight, nor does it solve the certainty of the truth of generalization. But once 'similars are similarly understood' is grasped there is no problem as to why people generalize. Insight in Art. There is something common between the artist's insight and the phenomenological approach. The two are not the same, of course. They have quite different aims. But what is common is data and insight. Aristotle formulated insights into a system. The phenomenologist formulates insight by drawing attention to the data in the intelligible constellation. The artist simply produces the work, with no commentary.