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The Orgins and Goals of Functional Specialization

This paper will be delivered at the 20th Annual Fallon Memorial Lonergan Symposium, March 31st – April 2nd, 2005, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles which will focus on the insight of functional specialization.

According to McShane, 2005 is the fortieth anniversary of Lonergan's discovery of functional specialization [February 1965].

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From the paper:

I suppose that it is difficult for those who had not lived with the problem of fragmentation and inefficiency in the 1950s and 1960s to sense the lift, the shock, of its solution. I got word of this breakthrough at the time of its discovery while I was in the Jesuit tertianship in Paray le Monial and, in the Summer of 1966, sat in front of him [Lonergan] in his room in Regis College, Toronto, dazzled by his laconic presentation. “Well”, he said, “its easy”, holding up then his eight fingers, “you just double the structure”. In ten minutes I had it. Of course, I didn’t have it, nor do I yet have it, that strange restructuring of culture. “Man can pause and with a smile or a forced grin ask what the drama, what he himself is all about. His culture is his capacity to ask, to reflect, to reach an answer that at once satisfies his intelligence and speaks to his heart.”