The Lonergan Review

Volume 8, 2017

From Insight to the World

David A. Nordquest, Stephen T. Frezza
Pages 55-74

Lonergan and the Philosophy of Engineering

Bernard Lonergan’s account of the polymorphic character of consciousness provides a basis for distinguishing the common sense, scientific, artistic, and ethical elements present in engineering. These elements regard “the same real objects,” but do so from fundamentally different standpoints. In relating these standpoints to the underlying “procedures of the human mind,” Lonergan’s work provides a valuable tool for mapping both the unity and diversity of engineering.