Implementation: The Ongoing Crisis of Method


  • Philip McShane Mount St. Vincent University




The editor has raised what for me is the central present problem of Lonergan studies. His invitation to me is that I provide an etching of the problem, a brief basis for discussion. Immediately I think of Fr. Fred Crowe’s old question, What functional speciality are you working in?, and my reply has to be an honest “none.” This seems to me to be an important but simple aspect of the present problem. If one takes Lonergan’s methodological doctrine, as described in Method in Theology, seriously, then one has to attempt some contribution to its implementation.

Author Biography

Philip McShane, Mount St. Vincent University

Philip McShane is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Mount Saint Vincent University. He has recently edited Phenomenology and Logic, Volume 18 of the Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan.