Understanding and Being Discussion 4:2
Archival Number: CD/mp3 153
Author: Lonergan, B.
CD/mp3 153, second part of fourth discussion session at Halifax lectures on Insight. Corresponds to CWL 5: 350-69. Sponsored by Rev. Hugh O'Donnell, C.M. Intellect as intelligence. The factual side, what happens when we know, features understanding. An exact account of knowledge raises the epistemological problems in a real fashion. Thomist trinitarian theory relies on conscious intelligent process, and this has disappeared from trinitarian theology. Probability and determinism. Theoretically determinism and indeterminism are both possible, but evidence favors the indeterminist and probability. There is no incompatibility between probability and accurate prediction in each single case. Other questions regarded the relation of form and act, insight and the beatific vision, Cajetan's analogy of proportion, common sense and science, social science, heuristic structure and metaphysics, and the notion of the upper blade. Thus the same three levels function in common sense. But common sense is not concerned with what is universally true. And on the upper blade, propositions about knowledge can be divided into positions compatible with this account of knowledge and positions incompatible with it. This is one function of the upper blade. The upper blade comes from self-knowledge.