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Lonergan on Philosophical Pluralism: The Polymorphism of Consciousness as the Key to Philosophy (Gerard Walmsley) Hardcover Book, (University of Toronto Press, 2008) 9780802098559
Lonergan on Philosophical Pluralism: The Polymorphism of Consciousness as the Key to Philosophy (Gerard Walmsley) Hardcover Book, (University of Toronto Press, 2008) 9780802098559
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Title: Lonergan on Philosophical Pluralism: The Polymorphism of Consciousness as the Key to Philosophy

Author: Walmsley, Gerard

Publisher: University of Toronto Press; Publication Date: 2008

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780802098559

Volumes: 1; Pages: 352

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In his influential philosophical work Insight, Bernard Lonergan made the intriguing and problematic claim that "the polymorphism of consciousness is the one and only key to philosophy." In Lonergan on Philosophical Pluralism, Gerard Walmsley examines Lonergan's many discussions of the different forms of human consciousness, as well as his sustained responses to the problems raised by philosophical and cultural pluralism.Looking closely at Lonergan's thoughts on patterns of experience, different levels of consciousness, and the differentiations of consciousness that occur through the historical development of individual human minds, Walmsley shows how polymorphic consciousness allows individuals to understand a range of philosophical positions. By understanding this range, an individual is able to sympathetically and critically appreciate different positions. Testing the strength of Lonergan's position, he directly engages postmodern thought and comparative philosophy to demonstrate that Lonergan's account of polymorphic consciousness provides a better basis for a positive evaluation of difference than does the work of many postmodern thinkers.An ambitious and soundly argued work, Lonergan on Philosophical Pluralism is both an illuminating study of Lonergan's thought, and an intriguing proposal for how difference and pluralism can be understood.Table of ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Contextualizing the Inquiry into Polymorphic Consciousness and Philosophical Pluralism1 The Aim of the Inquiry2 Lonergan's Approach to Philosophy: Self-Appropriation and Cognitional Analysis2.1 Introduction: The Method of Self-Appropriation and CognitionalAnalysis2.2 Self-Appropriation and the Nature of Consciousness: "Consciousness-in" and "Consciousness-of"2.3 What Does Self-Appropriation Discover? Levels of Consciousness and the Human Subject as a Movement of Self-Transcendence2.4 Why Is Self-Appropriation So Important? Cognitional Self-Appropriationand Intellectual Conversion2.5 The Further Dimensions of Self-Appropriation2.6 The Philosophical Significance of Patterns and Differentiations1 Aims/Relevance/Procedure1 A Metaphilosophical Project?2 Ambiguities about Polymorphism2.1 A Typical Example of Ambiguity2.2 Polymorphism and the Moving Viewpoint2.3 The Dialectical Application of Polymorphism2.4 An Ontological or Cognitional Account?2.5 The Range of Patterns: Bimorphism or Polymorphism?2.6 Polymorphism: Mixing and Blending of Patterns, or Shifts in Orientationsof the Subject?2.7 The Confusion between Patterns and Differentiations2.8 Is Polymorphism the One and Only Key to Philosophic Difference?3 Responding to the Difficulties: Basic Aims4 The Shape of the Argument5 Questions of Interpretation6 Self-Appropriation and Interpretation2 Grounding Polymorphism: Polymorphismand the Structure of Human Being1 Introduction2 The Structure of the Human Being3 Human Beings and the World Process of Emergent Probability: Chapter 4 of Insight4 Levels of Science and Levels of Human Being: Chapter 6 of Insight5 Human Being and Human Community: Chapter 7 of Insight6 Things, Bodies, and Human Beings: Chapter 8 of Insight7 A Further Level of Freedom: Full Self-Transcendence?8 Self-Affirmation and the Unity of Consciousness: Chapter 11 of Insight9 Human Development: Chapter 15 of Insight10 Development and Human Development11 The Unity of the Human Person: Chapter 16 of Insight12 Insight and File 713: Human Solidarity and the Concrete Universal13 Grounding Polymorphism? 3 Polymorphism in Insight: Patterns of Experience1 Introduction2 The Initial Context of Chapter 14 A THE PATTERNS OF EXPERIENCE IN CHAPTER 63 What Is a Pattern of Experience?4 Further Clarifications: Patterns as "Intelligible Relations" in the Subject's Conscious FlowB PARTICULAR PATTERNS OF EXPERIENCE5 The Biological Pattern6 The Aesthetic Pattern and the Artistic Pattern6.1 The Aesthetic Pattern6.2 The Artistic Pattern6.3 The Aesthetic--Artistic Patterns and Creative Freedom7 The Intellectual Pattern7.1 The Intellectual Pattern and Self-Transcendence7.2 The Intellectual Concern of the Intellectual Pattern7.3 The Exigencies of the Intellectual Pattern7.4 The Intellectual Pattern and Full Human Living8 The Dramatic Pattern8.1 The Dramatic Pattern and Ordinary Human Living8.2 The Dramatic and Ethical Patterns: Questions of Self-Transcendence8.3 The Dramatic Pattern and Rational Self-Consciousness8.4 The Dramatic Pattern and the Human Person9 Concluding Remarks4 Further Patterns of Experience?1 Introduction2 The Practical Pattern3 The Mystical Pattern4 The Symbolic Pattern: The General Case5 Appropriating Symbolic Consciousness6 The Ethical Pattern7 Concluding Remarks5 Polymorphism: The One and Only Key to Philosophy?1 IntroductionA THE INITIAL CONTEXT: POLYMORPHISM AND THE DIALECTIC OF PHILOSOPHY2 Context and Questions3 Philosophical Dialectics--Negative and PositiveB A BASIC SURVEY OF LONERGAN'S MEANINGS OF POLYMORPHISM4 Polymorphism and Pluralism: The Underlying Problem5 The Intellectualist Orientation of the Heuristic Structure of Philosophical Unity6 Polymorphism and the Definition of Metaphysics7 Polymorphism and Method in Metaphysics8 The Dialectic of Method in Metaphysics8.1 Deductive Methods8.2 Cartesian Methods8.3 Empiricism8.4 Commonsense Eclecticism8.5 Hegelian Dialectic8.6 Scientific Method and Philosophy C TOWARDS INTEGRAL POLYMORPHISM AND COMPREHENSIVE METAPHILOSOPHY9 Towards Integral Polymorphism10 Towards a Comprehensive Metaphilosophy6 Polymorphism in Method in Theology1 IntroductionA WHAT IS DIFFERENTIATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS?2 Method3 The Human Good4 Meaning4.1 Early Language4.2 Functions of Meaning4.3 Realms of Meanings and Exigences5 Stages of Meaning--The Main Differentiations5.1 Early Language and Undifferentiated Consciousness5.2 The Greek Discovery of Mind5.3 Common Sense to Theory5.4 Theory to Interiority5.5 Ongoing Undifferentiated Consciousness6 Functional Specialties7 Dialectic8 Horizons9 Horizons and Fully Differentiated Consciousness9.1 Transcendent Differentiation10 Foundations11 The Movement of Differentiations11.1 The Range of Differentiations11.2 Key Differentiations11.3 Advancing and Receding Differentiation11.4 Towards an Integral Account of Modalities of Consciousness12 Doctrines12.1 The Basic Differentiations12.2 The Ongoing Discovery of Mind12.3 Communications among DifferentiationsB EMERGING POSITIONS ON DIFFERENTIATION13 What Is Differentiation of Consciousness?14 Differentiation as Developmental Polymorphism15 Differentiations as a Key to PhilosophyAn Additional Note on ConversionsConcluding Remarks: Towards a Lonerganian Metaphilosophy1 Preliminary2 The Scope of Polymorphism3 Can Polymorphism Bear the Weight of a Developed Metaphilosophy?4 A Survey of Lonerganian Metaphilosophers4.1 Michael McCarthy4.2 Michael Vertin4.3 Matthew Lamb4.4 Mark Morelli4.5 Frank Braio5 Towards a Lonerganian Metaphilosophy6 Relevance of Polymorphism for Contemporary Philosophy6.1 Postmodernism6.2 Lonergan and Postmodernism: Polymorphism and Difference6.3 Comparative Philosophy6.4 A Lonerganian ContributionBibliographyAbbreviationsWorks by Bernard LonerganWorks by Other AuthorsIndex
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