Saturday, October 15, 2011

Preface

I began developing this compendium after studying the philosophical aspects of Lonergan's thought under Michael Vertin at the University of Toronto (St. Michael's College) during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 academic years.

While no new chapters or other sections are projected, revisions to the existing text are regularly uploaded.

My aim is to distill, refine, and build upon the distinctively philosophical components in Lonergan's work (and in the work of various Lonergan scholars)[1], since that work to my mind most compellingly addresses philosophical issues, and since philosophical issues are in large part inescapably relevant to all formal investigative efforts and to all efforts to live well individually and collectively.

Feedback is welcome via email (adrial.fitzgerald@gmail.com).

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1. Substantive and terminological divergences between my work in this compendium and the work of Lonergan and of Lonergan scholars should be construed as efforts on my part—however well or poorly conceived—to refine the distinctively philosophical components in the work of Lonergan and of those Lonergan scholars.  (Also, pursuing the mentioned aim entails some extended discussion of topics that are conventionally associated less with philosophy and more with psychology, sociology, and anthropology.)

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PART ONE
THE CORE STAGES OF PHILOSOPHY