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Giovanni Sala: Kant, Lonergan und der christliche Glaube, edited by Ulrich L. Lehner und Ronald K. Tacelli, Nordhausen: Bautz Verlag 2005, hardbound, 570 p. ISBN 3-88309-236-3. 100 Euros.

Giovanni Sala: Kontroverse Theologie, edited by Ulrich L. Lehner und Ronald K. Tacelli, Bonn: Nova et Vetera Verlag 2005, ISBN 3-936741-00X. 22,50 Euro.

Both available from in Germany.

In Honor of Prof. Giovanni Sala's SJ 75th birthday, Prof. Ronald Tacelli (Boston College) together with Ulrich Lehner (LMU Munich/Germany) put together two volumes which contain the masterpieces of this eminent Lonergan scholar, who teaches since 1972 at the Munich Jesuit School for Philosophy. The volume Kant, Lonergan und der christliche Glaube (560 p.) brings together his philosophical analyses of Kant, via a Lonergan perspective. Joachim Cardinal Meisner (Cologne) contributed a foreword, in which he praises Sala's work.

Kontroverse Theologie and starts with an introduction by Leo Cardinal Scheffczyk (Munich). It contains Sala's theological writings - and Lonergan scholars will be especially interested in the essays on created grace and the knowledge of God.

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The Dialogue between Science and Religion: What We Have Learned from
Each Other The Dialogue between Science and Religion: What We Have Learned from Each Other

Edited by Patrick H. Byrne

The dialogue between science and religion found in this work is based on the positive portrait of competence and good will found among all those involved: scientists, philosophers, and theologians alike. This book makes effective use of these relational aspects. It is clear that the dialoguers here have made an effort to learn a great deal about each other. The level of respect thus established has produced a very interesting read on a truly professional level which sheds helpful light on an obviously complex problem.

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The Dialogue between Science and Religion: What We Have Learned from
Each Other Eye of the Heart Knowing the Human Good in the Euthanasia Debate

by William F. Sullivan

What is the role of feelings in the euthanasia debate? This is the central question in William F. Sullivan’s unique philosophical and ethical exploration of the issue, Eye of the Heart. Employing the principles and techniques of the great Canadian theologian and thinker Bernard Lonergan, Sullivan offers a concrete examination of the role of feelings in grasping moral values and the key role that feelings play in ethical decision-making. The heart has its reasons, he argues convincingly, and it is a type of reason that bioethicists, philosophers, and legal scholars all need to know. Sullivan draws on his experiences as a practicing physician to analyse the distinguishing elements of human knowing, illustrating them through common examples of decision-making in health care. He highlights the occurrence of various types of insight, particularly ‘deliberative insights’ that occur in the process of making value judgments. These deliberative insights are affective, and through them, a person apprehends moral values. Eye of the Heart proposes that feelings are relevant to knowing moral values and orient us towards moral self-transcendence. The implications of this stance in ethics are drawn out for the euthanasia debate.

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Lonergan, Hermeneutics, & Theological Method Lonergan, Hermeneutics, & Theological Method

by Donna Teevan

This book argues that Bernard Lonergan’s transcendental method offers an approach to theology that is in some sense hermeneutical. Many consider such a project surprising, given the debate that has arisen between those who advocate a transcendental approach to theology and those who contend that a hermeneutical approach furnishes a more adequate theological method in the light of contemporary theological development. This book brings into relief the features of Lonergan’s transcendental method that make any polarization of the two approaches questionable. Ultimately, what is offered is an interpretation of his transcendental method as a hermeneutical approach to theology.

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Developing the Lonergan Legacy Developing The Lonergan Legacy: Historical, Theoretical, And Existential Themes

by Frederick E. Crowe

Comprising twenty papers, including six never before published, this long-awaited work spans the fifty-year career of noted theologian Frederick E. Crowe, a scholar who has devoted himself to studying, expounding, and making available the writings of Bernard Lonergan, the well-known Canadian Jesuit philosopher and theologian who died in 1984. The publication of these papers, compiled by Michael Vertin, is a tribute both to their subject and to their author. Developing the Lonergan Legacy both recounts the history of Lonergan's work in philosophy and theology, and offers significant theoretical and existential developments of that work. Divided into two sections – 'studies,' which examines the historical context of Lonergan and his writings, and 'essays,' which applies Lonergan's work in different directions – the essays in this volume are motivated by Crowe's deep concern for the concrete intellectual, moral, and religious welfare of his readers, of all those whom his readers might influence, and ultimately of the entire human community. Vertin's meticulous editing and thoughtful sequencing only add to the uniquely spiritual character of Crowe's works.

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Desires of the Human Heart: An Introduction to the Theology of Bernard Lonergan

Edited by Vernon Gregson

Second Edition (unrevised from the first edition)

A gps for navigating Lonergan's vast terrain!

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In Deference to the Other: Lonergan and Contemporary Continental Thought

Edited by Jim Kanaris and Mark J. Doorley, with an Introduction by John D. Caputo

In Deference to the Other brings contemporary continental thought into conversation with that of Bernard Lonergan (1904–1984), the Jesuit philosopher and theologian. This is an opportune moment to open such a dialogue: philosophers and theologians indebted to Lonergan have increasingly found themselves challenged by the insights of thinkers typically dubbed "postmodern," while postmodernists, most notably Jacques Derrida, have begun to ask the "God question." While Lonergan was not a continental philosopher, neither was he an analytic philosopher. Concerned with both epistemology and cognition, his systematic and hermeneutic-like proposals resonate with the concerns of philosophers such as Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, and Kristeva. Contributors to this volume find insight and affiliation between Lonergan's thought and contemporary continental thought in a wide-ranging work that engages the philosophical problems of authenticity, self-appropriation, ethics, and the human subject.

"In the current revival of interest in religion among recent continental philosophers, the name of Bernard Lonergan is an unlikely partner. But, if the studies in this present volume succeed, that is likely to change, and Lonergan will assume a growing importance in this discussion." — from the Foreword by John D. Caputo

"The essays collected here share many features in common: an openness to taking the challenge of postmodernism seriously, an appreciation for the contributions of postmodernism, and a desire for a genuine dialogue between the concerns of postmodernism and the work of Lonergan." — Paulette Kidder, Seattle University

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Bernard Lonergan's Macroeconomic Dynamics (Mellen Studies in Economic, 24) Bernard Lonergan's Macroeconomic Dynamics

by Paul Hoyt-O'Connor

While there has been growing interest in Lonergan’s economics among scholars of his work, there has been relatively little published on those writings, partly because they have not been widely available before their publication in the Collected Works. This work contributes toward Lonergan studies, situating Lonergan’s economic analysis in terms of his early and more mature philosophy of history. This book examines Bernard Lonergan’s essays in terms of his reflections upon human history and society and as contributing to the discussions regarding the free and democratic constitution of exchange economies. It aims to contribute to the wider discussion among moral and political philosophers and theologians concerning the responsible direction and constitution of economic life.

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Axial Press
Improving Moral Decision-Making

by Michael Shute and William Zanardi

Draws on Lonergan's work (eg cognitional theory) and aims to introduce students to how they make decisions.

Read more on this work including the Introduction, the First Chapter and the publisher's blurb.

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Mystical Consciousness: Western Perspectives and Dialogue With Japanese Thinkers

by Louis Roy

Provides a philosophical account of everyday consciousness as a way of understanding mystical consciousness, drawing on the work of many Western and some Japanese thinkers. This book offers a philosophical account of ordinary consciousness as a step toward understanding mystical consciousness. Presupposing a living interaction between meditation and thinking, the work draws on Western and Japanese thinkers to develop a philosophy of religion that is friendly to the experience of meditators and that can explore such themes as emptiness, nothingness, and the self. Western thinkers considered include Plotinus, Eckhart, Schleiermacher, Heidegger, Brentano, Husserl, Sartre, and Lonergan; and Japanese thinkers referenced include Nishitani, Hisamatsu, and Suzuki. All employed centering prayer, Zen, or other forms of mental concentration. Particular emphasis is placed on the work of twentieth-century Catholic philosopher Bernard Lonergan, whose writings on consciousness can inform an understanding of mysticism.

"It is the first intercultural philosophy to bring together the work of Bernard Lonergan on critical philosophy in the West and Japanese Zen thinkers. There is a wealth of new insights and the ramifications abound." — John P. Keenan, author of How Master Mou Removes Our Doubts: A Reader-Response Study and Translation of the Mou-tzu Li-huo lun

"In the fields of religious studies and theology, thinkers have been engaged in debates about such constructs as 'experience,' 'consciousness,' and 'mysticism,' and such philosophical problems as the possibility of 'pure,' or unmediated (by concepts), experience, or consciousness. This book will make a significant contribution to those important debates." — Christopher Ives, author of Zen Awakening and Society

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Empowering the Lonely Crowd: Pope John Paul II, Lonergan and Japanese Buddhism

by John Raymaker

"In Empowering the Lonely Crowd, John Raymaker simplifies and extends arguments made in his previous book, A Buddhist-Christian Logic of the Heart, in particular the notion of a spiritual genome. Raymaker explores and compares John Paul II and Lonergan's thought in relation to (Japanese) Buddhism, concluding that while all life has a coded genome, all humans have a free, uncoded spiritual genome that is a viable alternative to postmodern scepticism."

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The Structure of Religious Knowing: Encountering the Sacred in Eliade and Lonergan

by John D. Dadosky

This definitive study brings together the thought of Romanian religious scholar Mircea Eliade with that of Canadian philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan to identify the general structure of religious knowing. Applying Lonergan's fourfold levels of consciousness as an interpretive framework, the author elicits a clearer understanding of Eliade's theories of the sacred by treating four principle themes: the experience of the sacred; the sacred as expressed in religious symbols; the fundamental reality of the sacred; and life in the sacred as religious transformation, ritual, and mystical personalities. In addition, the book addresses the relationship between theology and religious studies as distinct but complimentary disciplines, and the interdisciplinary foundations for cooperation among the world's religions.

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Bernard Lonergan's Insight: A Comprehensive Commentary Bernard Lonergan's Insight: A Comprehensive Commentary

by Terry Tekippe

Bernard Lonergan's Insight: A Study of Human Understanding is one of the most profound and challenging books of the 20th century. In it he tries to answer the philosophical questions raised by Kant, with the resources provided by Thomas Aquinas, updated with questions of the 20th century. This book is a comprehensive explanation, commentary and criticism of Lonergan's work, which no one, according to the author, has previously attempted. As such it would be of assistance to anyone trying to penetrate Lonergan's profound but difficult work.

Read Terry Tekippe's reply to Patrick Byrne's book review in Theological Studies

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Bernard Lonergan: An Introductory Guide to Insight

by Terry J. Tekippe

Bernard Lonergan's Insight, one of the great philosophical works of the 20th century, is without question a challenging book for beginning readers. In this practical and welcome work, Terry J. Tekippe provides readers with a first reading guide, emphasizing what is truly essential and central to the book. The plan of the guide is not to cover everything in the book, but to assign readings of only certain chapters or parts of chapters. This will allow readers to make their way through a first reading without becoming distracted. The author provides a summary of each chapter and questions for reflection. This book: --makes Lonergan accessible to nonprofessionals. --is an important teaching tool. --is reader-friendly.

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Transcendence and History: The Search for Ultimacy from Ancient Societies to Postmodernity (Eric Voegelin Institute Series in Political Philosophy)

by Glen Huges

In Transcendence and History, Glenn Hughes contributes to the understanding of transcendent meaning and the problems associated with it and assists in the philosophical recovery of the legitimacy of the notion of transcendence. Depending primarily on the treatments of transcendence found in the writings of twentieth-century philosophers Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan, Hughes explores the historical discovery of transcendent meaning and then examines what it indicates about the structure of history.

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On Being Human: A Conversation With Lonergan and Levinas (Marquette Studies in Theology, #35)

by Michele Saracino

In a world of escalating violence, the challenge of getting along with others in our diversifying communities is inescapable. As so much of human suffering stems from fearing difference, overcoming this trepidation begins by learning about our neighbors. Yet, coming to grips with otherness is not purely an academic endeavor, for the effects of globalization, ranging from multinational corporations to inter-religious dialogue, have made the process of engaging difference an everyday occurrence. Integrating insights from the fields of theology, philosophy, psychology, as well as mythology, an embodied anthropological subject emerges based precisely in the unavoidable trace of the Other. Through an analysis of the work of Jesuit theologian Bernard J.F. Lonergan, Saracino argues that even as Christian theology is a valuable resource for explaining subjectivity in terms of openness to the Other in mind, will, and body, it is the conversation with contemporary continental theory, particularly that of Emmanuel Levinas, that reveals the concrete, corporeal possibilities of this openness in everyday life. Blending these two discourses, subjectivity is framed as protean, in which the subject is postured, molded, and shaped by the difference the Other brings to the encounter. The risk-filled journey we call being human is not performed only in intellectual propositions or moral dictates, but in an affective, emotive drama with the Other. In asserting that feelings evoked by the Other are the ground of human existence, the field of theological anthropology is pushed to embrace the changing, protean, embodied, and ultimately sacramental dimensions of being human.

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