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the basis of its logical consistency and coherence. Rather, it is an interior description or objectification of the subject-as-subject to be critically questioned and reflectively verified in oneself. In a series of lectures on Insight shortly after its publication he said to his audience:

'Your interest may quite legitimately be to find out what Lonergan thinks and what Lonergan says, but I am not offering you that, or what anyone else thinks or says, as a basis. If a person is to be a philosopher, his thinking as a whole cannot depend upon someone or something else. There has to be a basis within himself; he must have resources of his own to which he can appeal in the last resort.'(47)

The foundation towards which Lonergan guides us, as he says in his introduction to Insight, 'is not the transcendental ego of Fichtean speculation, nor the abstract pattern of relations verifiable in Tom and Dick and Harry, but the personally appropriated structure of one's own experiencing, one's own intelligent inquiry and insights, one's own critical reflection and judging and deciding.'(48) This structure is the immanent ground for the guidance and criticism of human thought and living, a foundation upon which a comprehensive, yet dynamically open, viewpoint may be constructed. A concrete, rather than a merely conceptual, apprehension of this invariant dynamic structure requires a serious engagement by the reader in the task of self-appropriation.

The Selections

We have imposed upon ourselves several guidelines in making selections for this volume. First, we have limited our materials to works offered by Lonergan for publication or prepared by others for publication with Lonergan's approval. Second, from this collection of works we have excluded from consideration for the present volume those works written for highly specialized audiences. As a result, this volume does not contain selections from Lonergan's Latin theological treatises or from his historical studies of Aquinas's thought. Finally, in making our selections we have attempted to balance the interests of the educated reader with the needs of teachers and students of philosophy, theology, and interdisciplinary studies. We have assembled To Page 27


47. Understanding and Being, 35.

48. Insight, 13.