Lonergan in the World: Self-Appropriation, Otherness, and Justice

Lonergan in the World: Self-Appropriation, Otherness, and Justice

by James Marsh


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In his philosophical classic Insight, Catholic philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan introduced the concept of self-appropriation – the personal search for knowledge of the self, and through that of the world – as the basis for systematic philosophical investigation.

In Lonergan in the World, James L. Marsh argues, clearly and passionately, that self-appropriation can serve as the basis for philosophical, ethical, and even political and economic thought. Comparing and applying Lonergan’s principles to major trends in contemporary philosophy, including phenomenology, hermeneutics, postmodernism, analytic philosophy, and Marxism, Marsh uncovers the philosophical and the socio-political implications of Lonergan’s work and its value as the basis for a search for justice and self-understanding.

Drawing on Marsh’s more than forty years of studying and teaching Lonergan’s thought, Lonergan in the World is a book that should be read not just by philosophers and theologians, but by anyone interested in the philosophical foundations of a just and authentic life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442648975
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 08/21/2014
Series: Lonergan Studies Series
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

James L. Marsh is a professor emeritus of philosophy at Fordham University.

Table of Contents

1. Self-Appropriation: Lonergan’s Pearl of Great Price
2. Thought and Expression in Lonergan
3. Continental Hermeneutics: A Lonerganian Response
4. Self-Appropriation and Alterity
5. The Unity of the Right and the Good in Lonergan’s Ethics
6. Rationality and Mystery in Lonergan
7. Post-modernism: A Lonerganian Retrieval and Critique
8. Self-Appropriation, Polymorphism, and Differance
9. Lonergan and Marx on Economics and Social Theory: Some Preliminary Reflections
10. Intellectual, Moral, and Religious Conversion as Radical Political Conversion
11. Self-Appropriation, Contemplation, and Resistance
12. On Really Living
13. Self-Appropriation as a Way of Life

What People are Saying About This

Mark Morelli

Lonergan in the World provokes many interesting and important questions. James L. Marsh’s writing is fluid, personal, clear, and entertaining. He exhibits a deep familiarity with both continental philosophy and Lonergan’s thought and his book should be enlightening to students of both.”

Thomas McPartland

“There are many fine books on Lonergan and his connections to the individual thinkers and movements discussed here, but there is no other work that approaches self-appropriation in the manner in which Marsh sees it – as the key to philosophizing. Lucid and direct, his are the seasoned reflections of a philosopher who shows the decisive influence of Lonergan on his treatment of contemporary issues.”

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