In Deference to the Other: Lonergan and Contemporary Continental Thought

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Jim Kanaris, Mark J. Doorley
SUNY Press, Oct 27, 2004 - Religion - 187 pages
In Deference to the Other brings contemporary continental thought into conversation with that of Bernard Lonergan (1904 1984), the Jesuit philosopher and theologian. This is an opportune moment to open such a dialogue: philosophers and theologians indebted to Lonergan have increasingly found themselves challenged by the insights of thinkers typically dubbed postmodern, while postmodernists, most notably Jacques Derrida, have begun to ask the God question. While Lonergan was not a continental philosopher, neither was he an analytic philosopher. Concerned with both epistemology and cognition, his systematic and hermeneutic-like proposals resonate with the concerns of philosophers such as Derrida, Foucault, Levinas, and Kristeva. Contributors to this volume find insight and affiliation between Lonergan s thought and contemporary continental thought in a wide-ranging work that engages the philosophical problems of authenticity, self-appropriation, ethics, and the human subject.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Decentering Inwardness
13
To Whom Do We Return in the Turn to the Subject?
33
Lonergans Pearl of Great Price
53
Lonergan and Levinas on Being
65
The Psychic Structure
91
Neither Neoscholastic
107
Postmodernity and Critical Realism
121
Lonergan and the Ambiguity of Postmodern Laughter
141
Works Cited
165
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Jim Kanaris is Faculty Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at McGill University and author of Bernard Lonergan s Philosophy of Religion: From Philosophy of God to Philosophy of Religious Studies, also published by SUNY Press.

Mark J. Doorley is Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethics and Assistant Director of the Ethics Program at Villanova University. He is the author of The Place of the Heart in Lonergan s Ethics: The Role of Feelings in the Ethical Intentionality Analysis of Bernard Lonergan.

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