Transcendental Philosophy and the Study of Religion 2
Sku: 48200A0E060
Archival Number: CD/mp3 482
Author: Lonergan, B.
Language(s): English
Decade: 1960

CD/mp3 482, discussion following first lecture in the 1968 Boston College Institute. Sponsored by Msgr. Peter Schonenbach. The first questions had to do with knowledge and consciousness. Lonergan indicated he is talking about human knowledge as we know it, not about knowledge as it might be in some other species. He located memory in the scheme of cognitional operations. And he clarified issues of consciousness and introspection. Heightening awareness, in particular, is not a matter of taking a look within. Rather, it results from bringing the four levels to bear on the four levels. Much of what is called the unconscious is conscious but not known. Heightening consciousness makes it known. Transcendental method itself is not subject to radical revision. But accounts of it may develop and change. It is the method behind all changes in scientific methods, since those changes, if pertinent, will only make the scientist more attentive, intelligent, reasonable, responsible. Other questions focused n the relation of insight and formulation, on phenomenology, and on private mental acts and the linguistic emphases of Wittgenstein. For Lonergan Wittgenstein's position cannot account for how language develops. The meaning of the term 'insight' does not come simply from how the word us used in the language.

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