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The Lonergan Review

Volume 7, Issue 1, 2016
Applying Lonergan

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Morag McAleese Introduction: Applying Lonergan
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Patrick H. Byrne Moral Conversion: The Stripping Away of Self-Delusion
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While Lonergan wrote a great deal about intellectual and religious conversion, he wrote comparatively little about moral conversion. Hence, Lonergan’s writings on moral conversionraise a number of important questions, but do not explicitly answer them. This essay offers an interpretation that endeavors to answer some of these questions. In doing so, it illustrates key elements in both Lonergan’s explicit statements about, and my own understanding of moral conversion by considering three case studies: Katherine Anne Power, St. Augustine, and Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, the protagonist of by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, Crime and Punishment. In particular, it focuses on the process of stripping away of self-delusions that is an intricate part of moral conversion.
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Richard Grallo Personal Differences in the Application of Generalized Empirical Method
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Generalized empirical method (G.E.M.) is the scientific method as applied not only to the data of sense but to other data of consciousness as well. Among other things, a G.E.M. is description of conscious acts and operations involved in the process of solving problems. These conscious acts and operations coalesce into functionally related groups to generate human understanding, knowledge and responsible decision making. These groups have been named by some as “levels of consciousness,” but they can also be thought of as “patterns of conscious operation” with each pattern having distinct operators, integrators and products. Since G.E.M. is also a method it is practiced more or less well by individuals. Given G.E.M.’s complexity, one could reasonably expect variation in individual performance in relation to the different patterns of consciousness. This paper explores three hypotheses regarding these patterns of thinking and problem solving. Implications and applications of these hypotheses are identified and described.
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Christine Jamieson, Hazel Markwelli Values Integration and Values Conflict in Healthcare: Lonergan’s Contribution
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Healthcare workers are, of necessity, oriented toward immediate action in addressing urgent, concrete situations. This is particularly true in acute care settings such as Intensive Care Units, Critical Care Units and Emergency rooms in Hospitals. At the same time, healthcare workers suffer significantly higher levels of moral distress than other types of workers. transcendental mode, something that is particularly challenging in goal oriented healthcare workers. This paper draws on data collected from several research studies conducted in hospitals in Canada. The research was done through the lens of Lonergan’s transcendental method and his work on values and bias.
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Kenneth R. Melchin The Challenge of Historical Consciousness: Healing Divisions in the Church
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This paper draws on Lonergan to better understand the historical and philosophical roots of liberal-conservative divisions that have troubled the Church since the Second Vatican Council. The Council document, Gaudium et spes, launched the first stage of a transposition away from an older classicism. But completing the transition to historical consciousness requires a second stage, a new form of methodical turn to interiority that finds an inner normativity in human consciousness. Appropriating this normativity provides resources for navigating diversity without losing objectivity.
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Morag McAleese, Jessie MacNeil The Integrity Continuum and Lonergan Three Levels of the Good
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Workplace behaviour is closely tied to an organization’s ethics governance regime and the strength of its ethical culture. The Integrity Continuum (IC) is an ethics governance approach that incorporates both compliance and values-based approaches to managing workplace behaviour. It has been used as an approach to ethics management in the public sector, and adopted by large law enforcement agencies concerned with border and customs operations. As ethics practitioners, the authors know that ethics governance begins at the top with senior management. Working in a border and customs environment, they also recognize that applying the IC in this environment can be problematic given that operations span many disparate field specializations such as enforcement, security and intelligence, human resources, information technology, and communications, among others. This article on Lonergan’s thought, proposing that his “three levels of the human good” can transcend descriptors found in the literature and praxis. They explore how the levels provide an explanatory framework for understanding how the IC functions in practice. Understanding this functionality can also provide senior management with a diagnostic tool that transcends field specialization and enables them to assess whether their ethics governance style facilitates good conduct.
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Susan Gray A New Theology of Women?: Lonergan’s Approach to Human Authenticity and Catholic Teaching on Womanhood
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Pope Francis has stated that the Church needs a new theology of women although he has not expressed his views on the present magisterial teaching on womanhood. Feminist theologians certainly continue to seek ways to reconcile contemporary theological currents and aspirations with more traditional formulations such as the Church’s teaching on complementarity. But what does Bernard Lonergan have to say about the quest for whole personhood? This essay provides a summary and review of the magisterial teaching on womanhood and then compares it with Lonergan’s notions of the humanum and human authenticity. Our conclusion is that the human search for self-understanding and wholeness of being cannot be carried out authentically when the outcome is already prescribed by a traditional, classicist notion of what constitutes right personhood.
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James Morin Patterns of Conscious Intentionality: An Autobiographical Exploration
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In this article the author examines some of the insights he acquired from having considered how Lonergan’s notion of conscious intentionality influenced his educational practice both in Canada and Chile over a span of forty years. Given Lonergan’s emphasis on self-appropriation, the author presents his experiential insights from an autobiographical point of view. His experience in this range of activities provides evidence for Lonergan’s affirmation that an understanding of insight as a cognitional activity provides an organizing unity to all fields of human inquiry, including theoretical knowledge and practical intelligence.
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Christine Jamieson Assisting Research Ethics Boards in Substantive Ethical Deliberation
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The paper links an effective, dynamic method of ethical deliberation based on the thought of Bernard Lonergan with the activity of overseeing research involving human subjects. The ethical deliberation that occupies Research Ethics Boards (REBs) is multi-levelled and involves a wide diversity of disciplines. While the process can be reduced to static, “rubber-stamping” functioning, in reality, successful REB deliberation involves a process that is anything but static. Rather than narrowing in on one or two specific issues, the dynamic activity of ethical deliberation can set a process in motion that is able to address the wide horizon of concerns implicated in research involving human subjects. While REBs are mandated to maintain and assure ethical standards in research involving human subjects and to contribute to education in research ethics, the framework is a gauge against which they can measure the degree to which they are fulfilling this mandate.
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