On April 9, 2014, Monsignor Richard
Liddy, Director of the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute, hosted a webinar
in which sixteen scholars from across the world discussed Bernard
Lonergan's ideas on Macroeconomics. Lonergan (1904-1984) was a Canadian
philosopher-theologian who authored two works on macroeconomics: For a
New Political Economy and Macroeconomic Dynamics, both published by the
University of Toronto Press.
According to Msgr. Liddy, "Fr. Lonergan's very sophisticated vision
of a properly functioning economy can help us take charge of our
communal future. 'Ideas have consequences,' and this is particularly
relevant to economics. Ideas about how the actual functioning of the
economy relates to human living and human flourishing can massively
influence our economic choices - for the good or for ill. That is why
Lonergan wrote his two works on macroeconomics and the webinar was an
introduction to those ideas."
In the webinar, Dr. Paul St. Amour presented his studies on "Cosmopolis and Economy: Toward a Critical Human Science of
Macroeconomics." St. Amour is the Chair of the Philosophy Department at
St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Dr. Paul Hoyt-O’Connor,
Director of the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research at
George Washington University, gave a response to the speaker.
Afterwards, the conversation opened up for questions, comments and
The presenters and participants addressed Lonergan's ideas of optimal
economic sustainability and Cosmopolis, the idea that one should take
responsibility for economic history both in prosperity and in crisis.
Dr. St. Amour argued that Lonergan's ideas on Cosmopolis could present
us with an idea of what a successfully functioning economy would look
Participants included individuals from across Seton Hall University,
the United States and the world, including two scholars from Mexico and
from Rome. The webinar promoted understanding of Lonergan's teachings
through reaching out to a number of individuals, despite physical
boundaries and time differences. "The idea of being in physically
different places and yet being able to share words is very reassuring
and in many ways exciting," attendee Andrea Bartoli, Dean of the School
of Diplomacy and International Relations, commented. "I think that is
something very nice about the implication of being co-present to the
moment and really creating conditions for us to have conversations over
This event is the first of a series of webinars that the Bernard J.
Lonergan Institute will be hosting. For more information on the next
webinar taking place on Thursday, May 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. or to learn how
to join the conversation, contact Msgr. Richard Liddy at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next webinar will discuss efforts to implement Lonergan's notions on economics in the Basque region of Spain.
About the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute
The Bernard J. Lonergan Institute was launched in 2006 by the Center
for Catholic Studies. The mission of the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute
at Seton Hall University is to make known the work of the Canadian
philosopher-theologian Bernard J. Lonergan, S.J., and its implications
for contemporary culture. Besides being a research center with all the
significant holdings of the primary and secondary literature on Bernard
Lonergan, the center will also serve to implement Lonergan’s vision of
Catholic theology integrating all of modern culture through programs in
the natural and human sciences, historical scholarship, and the
professions. It will serve as a locus of cultural healing, helping to
implement Lonergan’s vision of "Cosmopolis," that is, a culture
liberated from bias.
The Institute sponsors scholarship, programs, lectures and
conferences centered around Lonergan's work. The Institute contains all
of Lonergan's published works, copies of his most significant
unpublished writings, doctoral dissertations on Lonergan's work, the
most significant secondary literature on Lonergan and Lonergan's
"memorabilia," including letters and photos on display.
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About the Center For Catholic Studies
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic
Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic
intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture,
through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for
faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center
conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core,"
which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center
also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with
its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department
of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with
scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.
Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the
sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures,
seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty
development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual
Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.
The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and
is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture,
as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer
opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs
related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for
Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social
Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider
business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious
Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review, and Arcadia, a student journal.
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