Understanding and Being Discussion 2:2
Archival Number: CD/mp3 138
Author: Lonergan, B.
CD/mp3 138, second part of second discussion session at Halifax lectures on Insight. Corresponds to CWL 5: 293-303. Sponsored by Linda Holden, in memory of Dan Holden. Intellect as intelligence. The whole theory of intellect has been presented with only minimal psychological content involved. 'Intellect is intelligence' is in disagreement with that viewpoint. Understanding and perception. Intellect begins with the question why. Without wonder there are no intellectual operations. Self-appropriation, Hegel, and Kierkegaard. In Hegelian terminology any explicit formulation of the ideal is abstract. That abstraction will bring to light an alienation. But letting the ideal work out its full consequences will bring to light ever more clearly the element of alienation, and so will mediate a more adequate expression. Kierkegaard's type of question is extremely difficult to answer within the Hegelian system. Western culture and the scientific ideal. There came to the Western world through the Greeks a cultural development that is not found in the same way elsewhere. The Middle Ages had an influence on the rise of science. There was created a climate of opinion that was favorable to science. The concept of being. For Lonergan wonder is heading towards being; insights give form or essence in being, but concepts give rise to the further question, Is it?