The Ethics of Discernment: Lonergan's Foundations for Ethics

By Patrick H. Byrne

© 2016

In The Ethics of Discernment, Patrick H. Byrne presents an approach to ethics that builds upon the cognitional theory and the philosophical method of self-appropriation that Bernard Lonergan introduced in his book Insight, as well as upon Lonergan’s later writing on ethics and values.

Extending Lonergan’s method into the realm of ethics, Byrne argues that we can use self-appropriation to come to objective judgements of value. The Ethics of Discernment is an introspective analysis of that process, in which sustained ethical inquiry and attentiveness to feelings as “intentions of value” leads to a rich conception of the good.

Written both for those with an interest in Lonergan’s philosophy and for those interested in theories of ethics who have only a limited knowledge of Lonergan’s work, Byrne’s book is the first detailed exposition of an ethical theory based on Lonergan’s philosophical method.

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  • Page Count: 526 pages
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In The Ethics of Discernment, Patrick H. Byrne presents an approach to ethics that builds upon the cognitional theory and the philosophical method of self-appropriation that Bernard Lonergan introduced in his book Insight, as well as upon Lonergan’s later writing on ethics and values.

The Ethics of Discernment: Lonergan's Foundations for Ethics

By Patrick H. Byrne

© 2016

In The Ethics of Discernment, Patrick H. Byrne presents an approach to ethics that builds upon the cognitional theory and the philosophical method of self-appropriation that Bernard Lonergan introduced in his book Insight, as well as upon Lonergan’s later writing on ethics and values.

Extending Lonergan’s method into the realm of ethics, Byrne argues that we can use self-appropriation to come to objective judgements of value. The Ethics of Discernment is an introspective analysis of that process, in which sustained ethical inquiry and attentiveness to feelings as “intentions of value” leads to a rich conception of the good.

Written both for those with an interest in Lonergan’s philosophy and for those interested in theories of ethics who have only a limited knowledge of Lonergan’s work, Byrne’s book is the first detailed exposition of an ethical theory based on Lonergan’s philosophical method.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Lonergan Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 526 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    The Ethics of Discernment makes a compelling case for why the foundations of ethics should be based on a philosophy of self-appropriation.”


    John J. Liptay, Department of Philosophy, St Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan

    “Written in a very clear, conversational style, The Ethics of Discernment will be the definitive text on Lonergan’s ethics. Byrne not only summarizes Lonergan’s work in this area but builds on it masterfully.”


    Mark T. Miller, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco
  • Author Information

    Patrick H. Byrne is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and director of the Lonergan Institute at Boston College.

  • Table of contents

    Preface
    Introduction


    Part I: Preliminaries
    Chapter 1: Discernment and Self-Appropriation
    Chapter 2: Objectivity and Factual Knowing: Lonergan’s Three Questions
    Chapter 3: Self-Appropriation, Part I: Self-Affirmation of Cognitional Structure

    Part II: What Are We Doing When We Are Being Ethical?
    Chapter 4: The Structure of Ethical Intentionality: Three More Questions
    Chapter 5: Kinds of Feelings
    Chapter 6: Feelings as Intentional Responses and Horizons of Feelings
    Chapter 7: Feelings and Value Reflection

    Part III: Why is Doing That Being Ethical?
    Chapter 8: Horizons of Feelings, Conversion, and Objectivity
    Chapter 9: Judgments of Comparative Value and the Scale of Value Preference
    Chapter 10: Self-Appropriation, Part II: Why is Doing that Being Ethical?

    Part IV: What Is Brought About By Doing That?
    Chapter 11: The Human Good Described
    Chapter 12: The Human Good: Explanatory Foundations
    Chapter 13: The Notion and the Ontology of the Good
    Chapter 14: Explanatory Genera and the Objective Scale of Values: A Preliminary Grounding

    Part V: Method in Ethics
    Chapter 15: Method in Ethics I: Preliminaries
    Chapter 16: Method in Ethics II: Dialectic and Foundations