Title Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan, Volume 25
Subtitle (Archival Material: Early Papers on History)
Author Robert M. Doran, John D. Dadosky
ISBN 9781487524388
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No of pages 216
Book size 159 x 235 mm
Publishing year 2019
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“These early essays, in addition to exhibiting the brilliance of the young Lonergan, reveal much about the concerns and problems which motivated Lonergan’s lifelong effort to develop a method for theology. As Hegel’s early theological writings anticipated his entire mature system, so these early papers illuminate Lonergan’s life project in a way that none of his other early writings do.”

Mark D. Morelli, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director, Los Angeles Lonergan Center, Loyola Marymount University


Archival Material: Early Papers on History finds its rightful place in the series, since it expands, explains, and is a commentary upon a central developing preoccupation throughout Lonergan’s oeuvre: ‘progress, decline, and redemption’.”

Andrew Beards, Academic Director at the School of the Annunciation, UK


“This collection of papers provides a snapshot of Lonergan’s early development. As such, it represents part of what informs the more widely known thinking of Insight and Method in Theology. Every student of Lonergan wants to know the whole story and would be grateful to have this volume at the ready.”

Jim Kanaris, School of Religious Studies, McGill University


In the mid- to late-1930s, while he was a student at the Gregorian University in Rome, Bernard Lonergan wrote a series of eight essays on the philosophy and theology of history. These essays foreshadow a number of the major themes in his life’s work.

The significance of these essays is enormous, not only for an understanding of the later trajectory of Lonergan’s own work but also for the development of a contemporary systematic theology. In an important entry from 1965 in his archival papers, Lonergan wrote that the “mediated object” of systematics is Geschichte or the history that is lived and written about. In the same entry, he stated that the “doctrines” that this systematic theology would attempt to understand are focused on “redemption”. The seeds of such a theology are planted in the current volume, where the formulae that are so pronounced in his later work first appear. Students of Lonergan’s work will find their understanding of his philosophy profoundly affected by the essays in this volume.


General Editors’ Preface, (Robert M. Doran)

Chapter 1. Essay in Fundamental Sociology - Philosophy of history • Philosophy of history • [The problem of liberalism] • [Philosophical foundations] • [The phases of history] • [The world prior to the discovery of philosophy] • [The failure of philosophy to fulfil its social mission] • [The automatic cultural expansion following upon the Dark Age and continuing up to the present] •  [The future] • [The dialectical division of history] • [The necessity of the supernatural] • [The supernatural component of the dialectic] • [The meaning of history]

Chapter 2. Panton Anakephalaiosis: A Theory of Human Solidarity • [Introduction] • Panton Anakephalaiosis: A theory of human solidarity • [Liberty as a disjunctive determination] • [The historical determination of intellect] • [The unity of human operation] • [The synthesis of human operation] • [The unity of man in the ontological ground of his being] • [Panton Anakephalaiosis]

Chapter 3. Panton Anakephalaiosis (2)

Chapter 4. Sketch for a metaphysic of human solidarity

Chapter 5. A Theory of History • Definition, materialand formal objects • Procedure • Scheme of exposition • A. The form of historical movement • B. The content of historical movement • [A,(a)] The natural dialectic • [A, (b)] The dialectic of sin • [A, (c)] The supernatural dialectic • [B, (a)] The significance of human history

Chapter 6. Outline of an Analytic Concept of History • Analytic concepts • History • Human Solidarity • The analytic concept of history • The ideal line • Decline • Renaissance

Chapter 7. Analytic Concept of History, in Blurred Outline • What is meant by an analytic concept of history? • Concepts of apprehension and concepts of under-standing • Analytic and synthetic acts of understanding • Logical and real, static and dynamic, analysis • Progress of understanding • [What is meant by an analytic concept of history?] • What is the essence of history? • History and historiography • Material and formal objects of history • The formal object of an analytic concept of history • The unity of history: The Dialectic • The nature of the dialectic • The form of the dialectic • Rates of the dialectic • Existence of the dialectic • Division of the dialectic • Analysis of the dialectic • Formal analysis of the dialectic • Dynamic analysis of the dialectic • The ideal line of history • Definition of the ideal line • General character of the ideal line • The line of development of the mind of man • Deduction of the ideal line of history • Decline • Nature and goal of decline • Division of decline • Minor decline • Major decline • Compound decline • Renaissance • Accidental and essential renaissance • The nature of essential renaissance • The characteristics of essential renaissance • Further characteristics of essential renaissance • The ‘new order’ and men • The multiple dialectic • single and multiple dialectics • Single dialectic without grace • Multiple dialectic without grace • Single dialectic with grace • Multiple dialectic with grace • Significance of history

Chapter 8. Analytic Concept of History • Analytic concepts • Concepts of apprehension and concepts of understanding • Analytic and synthetic acts of understanding • Logical and real analysis • Progress of understanding • The analytic concept of history • History • [History and historiography] • [Material and formal objects of history] • [The formal object of the analytic concept of history] • The Dialectic • The nature of the dialectic • The existence of the dialectic • The subject of the dialectic • The form of the dialectic • Rates of the dialectic • The three categories • Human actions fall into three categories • [This division is metaphysically ultimate] • Higher synthesis is impossible • The ideal line of history • What is meant by an ideal line? • What is the ideal line of history? • What is the earthly task of man? • That there is progress • That the progress may be determined from the nature of mind • The nature of the mind of man, insofar as concerns us • The three periods of history and their characteristics • Decline • The nature of decline • The goal of decline • The three forms of decline • Minor decline • Major decline • Compound decline • Renaissance • The essential character of renaissance • Characteristics of renaissance • Consequences of renaissance • The multiple dialectic • Single and multiple dialectic • Single dialectic without grace • Single Dialectic with Grace • Multiple Dialectic without Grace • Multiple Dialectic With Grace • Meaning of History

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About the Editors:

Robert M. Doran is the Emmett Doerr Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology at Marquette University.

John D. Dadosky is a professor of theology and philosophy at Regis College at the University of Toronto.

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People interested in Philosophy.



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