Husserl, Lonergan, and Paradoxes of Measurement


  • Heelan A. Patrick Georgetown University


Husserl, Lonergan,


My scientific field is theoretical physics. My philosophical orientation is phenomenology, especially hermeneutical
phenomenology, as modified and extended under the influence of Bernard Lonergan's cognitional theory. In fact, I was already deeply under the influence of Bernard Lonergan's workbefore I went to Louvain/Leuven to study phenomenology as a propaedeutic to my preparation in the philosophy of science.  The specific topic of this paper is one close to the center of Philip's interest, namely, to articulate the right balance among theory, experiment, and what Husserl called 'die Sache selbst' or the 'givenness' of scientific objects as experienced and understood. The method I shall adopt is that of Husserl's phenomenology of perception, as modified by Lonergan's method of 'self-appropriation.' I will be concerned then with the 'constitution' of experimental data in science - any science.

Author Biography

Heelan A. Patrick, Georgetown University

Patrick A. Heelan, S.J. is the William Gaston Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University.