Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Philosophy as hermeneutical

Lonergan says that he wants philosophy to become existential and concrete, but keeps repeating that he conceives of philosophy as arising from answers to three basic questions: what am I doing when I am knowing, why is doing that knowing, and what do I know when I do that. These answers, he says, are cognitional theory, epistemology, and metaphysics.

This kind of statement is, of course, baffling to anyone who has not waded through - or should I say braved the crossing - of the 700 odd pages of Insight. Fred Lawrence's way of putting it might be more accessible: Lonergan's existential and concrete philosophy is really a question of a hermeneutics of cognitive, existential, and religious interiority.

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