Philosophical Encounters: Lonergan and the Analytic Tradition

By Joseph Fitzpatrick

© 2005

The philosophic thought of Bernard Lonergan often ran contrary to that of his contemporaries in the dominant analytical school. In Philosophical Encounters, Joseph Fitzpatrick delves behind the concepts and terms both Lonergan and the analytical school employed and shared in order to map out clearly where they agreed and where they differed, and indicates where fruitful possibilities exist for dialogue.

Fitzpatrick’s approach is unique as he sets up direct confrontations – or encounters – between representative authors from the analytical tradition and topics or themes from Lonergan’s extensive philosophical corpus. The result is a spirited battle of ideas. There is also a surprising level of agreement, as with, for example, Lonergan and Ludwig Wittgenstein, where both depart from the philosophical pathway marked out by Descartes.

Philosophical Encounters defends Lonergan from the kind of attacks typically made against his position and conveys something of the deep influences on Lonergan’s mind that help to account for its distinctiveness. Including a very helpful glossary of key terms, this book will be useful not only to those wishing to familiarize themselves with Lonergan’s thought but also those wishing to develop an acquaintance with some of the leading lights of the analytical tradition, including Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell.

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Philosophical Encounters defends Lonergan from the kind of attacks typically made against his position and conveys something of the deep influences on Lonergan’s mind that help to account for its distinctiveness.

Philosophical Encounters: Lonergan and the Analytic Tradition

By Joseph Fitzpatrick

© 2005

The philosophic thought of Bernard Lonergan often ran contrary to that of his contemporaries in the dominant analytical school. In Philosophical Encounters, Joseph Fitzpatrick delves behind the concepts and terms both Lonergan and the analytical school employed and shared in order to map out clearly where they agreed and where they differed, and indicates where fruitful possibilities exist for dialogue.

Fitzpatrick’s approach is unique as he sets up direct confrontations – or encounters – between representative authors from the analytical tradition and topics or themes from Lonergan’s extensive philosophical corpus. The result is a spirited battle of ideas. There is also a surprising level of agreement, as with, for example, Lonergan and Ludwig Wittgenstein, where both depart from the philosophical pathway marked out by Descartes.

Philosophical Encounters defends Lonergan from the kind of attacks typically made against his position and conveys something of the deep influences on Lonergan’s mind that help to account for its distinctiveness. Including a very helpful glossary of key terms, this book will be useful not only to those wishing to familiarize themselves with Lonergan’s thought but also those wishing to develop an acquaintance with some of the leading lights of the analytical tradition, including Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 250 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.5in
  • Author Information

    Joseph Fitzpatrick is an independent education consultant and school inspector living in West Yorkshire, England.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    PART ONE: THE BASIC POSITION

    1 The Structure of Cognition
    The Process of Coming to Know Something
    Why Is Doing That Knowing?
    The Coherence and Correspondence Theories of Truth
    Ideas
    Objectivity
    Consciousness
    The Fourth Level of Consciousness
    Intentionality


    2 Epistemology: Lonergan and Hume
    Hume’s Position
    Lonergan’s Response
    Consciousness and the Self
    The Desire to Know
    The Fourth Level of Consciousness
    Transcendantal Method

    3 The Notion of Belief: Lonergan, Needham, and Hampshire
    Hume's Notion of Belief
    Kant's Notion of Belief
    Hampshire's Notion of Belief

    4 Subjectivity and Objectivity: Lonergan and Polanyi
    Objective Knowledge
    Tacit Knowing
    Lonergan's Position
    Conclusion

    5 Problems and Solutions: Lonergan and Russell
    Lonergan's Notion of the Four Levels of Consciousness
    Bertrand Russell
    A Summary of Russell's Philosophical Development
    Logical Atomism
    The Nature of Judgment
    The Theory of Definite Descriptions
    Behaviorism, Introspection, and Psychologism
    Russell's and Lonergan's Uses and Notions of Introspection

    6 Descartes Under Fire: Lonergan and Wittgenstein
    Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
    Logic
    From the Tractatus to Philosophical Investigations
    Philosophical Investigations
    The Role of Understanding
    Reacting to the Tradition
    A Lonerganian Response to Wittgenstein
    Intentionality
    From Classical to Historical Consciousness

    7 Town Criers of Inwardness: Lonergan and Rorty
    Rorty's Thesis
    How the Ocular Metaphor Arose
    From Descartes to Kant (1)
    The Analytical Tradition
    The Way Forward
    Lonergan's History of Philosophy
    Galileo
    From Descartes to Kant (2)
    A Radical Comparison of Rorty and Lonergan
    The Roots of Disagreement
    Rorty and Mind
    Lonergan and the Subject
    The Basic Objection to Rorty
    Conclusion

    PART THREE: SOME APPLICATIONS

    8 Hume's 'Is-Ought' Problem: A Solution
    Moral Judgments

    9 Lonergan and Wittgenstein on Logic
    Lonergan: From Logic to Method
    Wittgenstein: From Logic to Forms of Life
    F.H. Bradley
    The Influence of H.W.B. Joseph
    The Form of Inference
    The Impersonal Objective

    10 Education, Psychology, and Philosophy
    Education
    The Flight from the Subject
    Intentionality
    Trying to Do Without the Subject
    Language

    Glossary of Key Terms
    Bernard Lonergan: Biographical Note
    Index

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