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Insight: structure of human knowledge

Fil 109Insight: structure of human knowledge

Class hours: 21

Credits (ECTS): 3

LM-OTSpecialization in Philosophy

Year: 1st–2nd

Term: 4th

Course held in Italian

In Insight, Bernard Lonergan invites the reader to explore his or her cognitional structure through self-appropriation. According to Lonergan, each person can discover for his or herself a unifying invariant within that structure that is the ground of a transcendental method that allows us to know the real. In this course, each participant will be invited to explore his or her cognitional structure with the purpose of conceiving and affirming the existence of such an invariant within oneself and in so doing lay the foundation of a metaphysics based on this transcendental method. The self-appropriating process is an empirical method that

  1. discovers in the diverse cognitional acts the source of human understanding;
  2. treats the cognitional acts as the content of the same acts;
  3. recognizes and confirms these acts in themselves;
  4. establishes transcendental method as a unifying source of all other methods used in human knowing;
  5. grasps a Trinitarian method implicit in transcendental method.

Bibliographical references:

  • LONERGAN B.J.F., Insight. Uno studio del comprendere umano, Roma 2007.
  • ID., Understanding and Being: An Introduction and Companion to Insight, New York 1980.
  • ID., Il Metodo in Teologia (First chapter), Roma 2001.
  • ID., Cognitional Structure, in Id., Collection 1, London 1968.
  • ID., The Ontological and Psychological Constitution of Christ, Toronto 2001.
  • CODA P., The unity of reciprocal love: the charism of Chiara Lubich and the theology of Klaus Hemmerle, in “International Journal of Philosophy and Theology”, Vol. 78 (2017/1-2): pp. 155-171.
  • CROWE F.E., Bernard J.F. Lonergan. Progresso e tappe del suo pensiero, Roma 1995.
  • MEYNELL H.A., Bernard Lonergan, Cinisello Balsamo (MI) 1994.
  • ID., An Introduction to the Philosophy of Bernard Lonergan, London 1976.
  • FITZPATRICK J., Bernard Lonergan. Educationist and philosopher, Boston 2002.
  • FINAMORE R. (Ed.), Lonergan. Realismo e metodo. La riflessione epistemologica di Bernard Lonergan, Roma 2014.
  • GILBERT P. – NATALINO S. (Edd.), Il teologo e la storia. Lonergan’s centenary (1904-2004), Roma 2006.
  • VOEGELIN E., The New Science of Politics, (Chicago, U. Press, 1954) quoting Hobbes, The Leviathan, Chap xxvi, 174.
  • ID., Science, Politics and Gnosticism, Chicago 1968.
  • ARISTOTELE, L’etica Nicomachea, Milano 2008.
  • AUGUSTINE, De Trinitate.

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