Functional Collaboration as the Implementation of Lonergan's Method, Part 2: “How Might We Implement Functional Collaboration?”

Michael Shute


The proliferation of specializations of subjects and fields in the contemporary academy has produced a problematic fragmentation of effort which undermines the university’s effectiveness in providing direction for the meeting of practical challenges. How are subjects and fields of study to be effectively integrated? For thirty years Bernard Lonergan worked on this problem in his own field of theology and arrived at a solution he named functional specialization that has broad implications for all subjects and fields. The first part of the essay in this volume examined the roots of Lonergan’s solution. The second part presents the solution itself and discuss how it might be implemented. 


specialization, progress, functional collaboration, Bernard Lonergan, philosophy of history

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