Understanding and Being Discussion 4:1
Archival Number: CD/mp3 152
Author: Lonergan, B.
CD/mp3 152, first part of fourth discussion session at Halifax lectures on Insight. Corresponds to CWL 5: 335-50. Sponsored by Rev. Hugh O'Donnell, C.M. Immanent and projected intelligibility. The significant distinction is not immanent and projected intelligibilities, but intelligibilities affirmed and not affirmed in a true judgment. Probability theory and the existence of God. The probability theory used in the sciences is verified or not verified, and that is the kind of probability with which Insight is concerned. If the universe were completely intelligible in itself, we could not argue from the universe to the existence of God. The content of heuristic structure. The content of the heuristic structure as such is the content of the metaphysics. The content that fills in the heuristic structure is the content of the sciences or common sense. The parallel of cognitional and ontological. Lonergan first says what he means by being, and then asks whether being in that sense is the real world. The parallelism of cognitional and ontological has to be approached from this standpoint. That ties in with different types of intelligibility. If being is what is known by correct understanding, then by definition being is intelligible. We may compare what is intelligible in itself and different types of intelligibility in the other.