Transcendental Method 533
Sku: 53300D0E060
Archival Number: A533
Author: Lonergan, B.
Language(s): English
Decade: 1960
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Transcendental Method            ?, Outline of Content

                   Otto Muck, Die transzendentale Methode in der scholastischen Philosophie der Gegenwart, Innsbruck 1964


I. critical exigence: don’t say what you cannot know

          goes beyond “logic” which is not concerned to determine whether definitions, assertions, negations, inferences express knowledge or not


negative --> positive

          what can we know, what can we not know

          where is the line drawn between can and cannot be known by us: not by God, angels, beasts

          what is the totality that can be known by us?


          a posteriori answer: know all that a man can know

          a priori answer: study the operations by which we know

                                           the relations of the operations to objects

                             hence includes limits of ?, outline of contents of what can be known by cogn operations


method       because concerned w operations,

                    logic ? totality of objects we can talk about rationally (traditional logic) and methodically (new logic)

                   only a few of the operations – immediately related to verbal expression: definition/assertion, negation /therefore, because


                   method includes logical operations

                   ? method adds observation, description, hypoth, experiment, verification

                   trans method concerned w all cognit operations



          Scholastics – a property of terms, objects: predicamental species adds to determination of genera/ transcendental difference

          comprehensive: general without being genera, universal without being abstract

          determinative: function of ? part within comprehensive


          Kant: conditions of possibility of knowing objects insofar as knowledge is a priori

          transcendental aesthetic

          transcendental logic       only some operations ?/logical categorizing sc


          transcendental ,method – operations given in experience: cognitional theory, epistemology

                   with their relations

                   to the totality of objects: heuristic structure


          differs from empirical method – place of external experience

          differs from introspective psychology – (1) data of cons qua relevant to cognition, (2) qua transcending possible revision