Understanding and Being lecture 9:1
Archival Number: CD/mp3 155
Author: Lonergan, B.
CD/mp3 155, first part of ninth Halifax lecture on Insight. Corresponds to CWL 5: 200-12. Sponsored by Rev. Hugh O'Donnell, C.M. What are determined in the various departments are the 'essences' of different kinds of being, form. The metaphysician has an analogical knowledge. There is a triple-termed analogy: potency to form to act, as data to insight to judgment. By analogy one can go on to absolute being. Insights into a multiplicity of data as referred to a single unity yield a central form, and insights into the relation of data to one another in scientific laws yield conjugate forms. And if there are different types of form, there must be different types of potency and of act. The integral heuristic structure, then, is the use of a set of analogies, where the analogies have a fundamental determination from cognitional process. All proportionate being will stand within those analogies. The relations of the acts are isomorphic to the relations of the contents of the acts. As one knowing involves three components, so one known will involve three components. And if being is the objective of the desire to know, then the three components are components of being, reality, and not just of reality as known. Three metaphysical issues are then treated: the relation between being and essence, the relation of substance and accident, and the question of consciousness: who is conscious?