Seton Hall University

Reading Group

Ongoing Lonergan Reading Groups for Seton Hall faculty and administrators

Everyone will have his own difficulties. There is an advantage, then, to having a seminar on the subject. It gives people a chance to talk these things out…to talk them out with others. There is a set of concrete opportunities provided by the seminar that cannot be provided by any mere book. The more you talk with another and throw things out, the more you probe, and the more you express yourself spontaneously, simply, and frankly, not holding back in fear of making mistakes, then the more quickly you arrive at the point where you get things cleared up. --Bernard J. Lonergan

Lonergan takes us on a "journey within" that in the long run promises a 'moment of enlightenment' into our selves… --Msgr. Richard M. Liddy

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

A group of faculty convened monthly to read Method in Theology.

Fall 2013 Lonergan Reading Group

A group of faculty and administrators will meet twice a month throughout the Fall 2013 semester to read Insight.

Summer 2012 Lonergan Reading Group - June 25, July 9, July 23

A remarkable opportunity and an intensive focus on Lonergan's writings are offered in ongoing Lonergan Reading Groups for Seton Hall faculty and administrators, aimed at understanding the thought of Bernard Lonergan and his general empirical method (GEM). Lonergan's thought has been found by many to be very helpful in discerning a basic unity underlying the various scientific disciplines and professions. This past summer a group of faculty and administrators met to read and discuss "Cognitional Structure", a summary of Lonergan's theory of knowing, guided by Prof. Richard Grallo, Department of Psychology, Metropolitan College, NY, and Msgr. Richard Liddy, who notes: "Lonergan's work is tightly written and theoretical and it's always best to read it in a group… conversation helps our critical thinking."

Fall 2012 Lonergan Reading Group - October 18, November 15 and 29

Continuing the program, a group of faculty and administrators will meet in Fall 2012 to read the article "The Subject." This article highlights the many ways we can "miss" ourselves, that is, the dynamic life of our own minds and hearts. The sections of the article highlight these oversights in our own self-knowledge: the Subject as "neglected," "truncated," "immanentist," "existential" and "alienated." The article sets the challenge of getting to know ourselves within a very broad horizon. Discussions will be guided by Prof. Richard Grallo and Msgr. Richard Liddy. For more information contact: Bernard J. Lonergan Institute - (973) 275-2407, or Center for Catholic Studies - (973) 275-2525 Email: [email protected]