Insight: a study of human understanding

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Philosophical Library, 1970 - Philosophy - 784 pages
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Insight is Bernard Lonergan's masterwork. It aim is nothing less than insight into insight itself, a comprehensive view of knowledge and understanding, and to state what one needs to understand and how one proceeds to understand it. In Lonergan's own words: 'Thoroughly understand what it is to understand, and not only will you understand the broad lines of all there is to be understood but also you will possess a fixed base, and invariant pattern, opening upon all further developments of understanding.' The editors of the Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan have established the definitive text for Insight after examining all the variant forms in Lonergan's manuscripts and papers. The volume includes introductory material and annotation to enable the reader to appreciate more fully this challenging work.

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Contents

Elements
3
HIGHER VIEWPOINTS
13
Heuristic Structures of Empirical Method
33
The Canons op Empirical Method
70
THE CANON OF COMPLETE EXPLANATION
84
The Complementarity of Classical and Statistical
103
COMPLEMENTARITY IN THE KNOWN
115
3 CLARIFICATION BY CONTRAST
128
The Method of Metaphysics
385
Elements of Metaphysics
431
8 SUMMARY
483
cum FACE
488
RELATIONS 49
496
THE UNITY OF PROPORTIONATE BEING 59
509
Metaphysics as Dialectic 53
530
THE NOTION OP TRUTH
549

CONCLUSION
139
Common Sense and its Subject
173
Vn Common Sense as Object
207
3 Alternatives of the Longer Cycle
226
4 reversal of the Longer Cycle
234
CONCLUDING SUMMARY
267
Reflective Understanding
279
SelfAffirmation of the Knower
319
The Notion of Being
348
The Notion of Objectivity
375
3 THE TRUTH OF INTERPRETATION
562
The Possibility of Ethics
595
J THE PROBLEM OF LIBERATION
619
General Transcendent Knowledge
634
Special Transcendent Knowledge
687
The General Context of Belief
707
5 resumption of the heuristic structure of the solution
718
Epilogue
731
Index
749
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