Statistics as Science: Lonergan, McShane, and Popper


  • Patrick H. Byrne Boston College


statistics, Lonergan


On this occasion of honouring the achievement of Philip McShane, I would like to recall his earliest and, in my judgment, most important work, Randomness, Statistics and Emergence. In particular, I will recall how that work situated Lonergan’s important breakthrough on statistical method in relation to the major currents of thought on the subject, many of which remain influential still today.

Author Biography

Patrick H. Byrne, Boston College

Patrick H. Byrne is chair of the Department of Philosophy at Boston College. He edited, along with Frederick G. Lawrence and Charles C. Hefling, Jr., Lonergan’s Macroeconomic Dynamics: An Essay in Circulation Analysis.