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Lonergan Institute Publishes New Issue of The Lonergan Review: Vol. XII  

Cover of The Lonergan Review: The Journal of the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute, Understand What It Is to Understand Vol. X112-2021.The Bernard J. Lonergan Institute at Seton Hall University announces the publication of volume XII of its journal, The Lonergan Review, entitled "Understanding What It Is To Understand."

The issue includes an introduction by its editor Gregory Floyd; articles by Chris Berger, Robert Doran, SJ, Eric Mabry, Ryan Miller, and Clayton Shoppa; book reviews by Francis Hunter, Tom Jeannot, Monsignor Richard M. Liddy, and Patrick Nolan.

Commenting on the issue’s title and content, Floyd said:

The title for volume XII of The Lonergan Review will be familiar no doubt to many of its readers. It is taken from Lonergan’s often-quoted statement in his introduction to Insight where he states in a general way the value of the work to be undertaken by author and reader over the next 700 or so pages.

Yet, if Lonergan never tired of stressing the invariance of the structure of consciousness, he likewise never claimed it needed no further elaboration. The authors presented in this volume each in some way help us grasp that this “invitation to a personal, decisive act” is an invitation to an ongoing enterprise. Clarifying the formally dynamic structure of human consciousness is the beginning of the search for knowledge not its end. While adverting to that structure invites “fuller more adequate knowledge” it also “open[s] upon further development of understanding.”

Our authors have been concerned with both directions of inquiry: how can we better understand understanding and what else can we understand when we understand correctly. Lonergan’s clarification of the nature of human knowledge in no way foreshortens either the love of learning or the search for truth. What he does do is orient us toward both equipped with greater clarity and greater capacity.

The issue is now available online and the print version will be mailed to subscribers shortly. An online access subscription to The Lonergan Review provides full-text access to all current and previous issues for a calendar year.

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About the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute
Founded in 2006 under the direction of Msgr. Richard M. Liddy, the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute at Seton Hall University supports research and scholarship on the work of Bernard Lonergan and publishes The Lonergan Review. It conducts faculty development programs, lectures, and conferences worldwide. For more information about the Institute, please visit the Institute’s webpage.

About The Lonergan Review
Since 2009, The Lonergan Review has published significant interdisciplinary articles in the field of Lonergan studies by both seasoned and new scholars. It is distributed by Philosophy Documentation Center. An “Index of Contents” can be found on The Lonergan Review page of the Lonergan Institute website, accessible here.

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