Functional Collaboration As The Implementation Of Lonergan’s Method, Part 1: For What Problem is Functional Collaboration the Solution?

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. This essay examines the roots of Lonergan’s solution. The second part of the essay also in this volume presents the solution itself and how it might be implemented.


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

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