Implementation in Lonergan's Early Historical Manuscripts


  • Patrick Brown Seattle University School of Law


Lonergan, McShane


It has been said of Pound’s great work, the Cantos, that it was not “a poem written from within modern civilization, but a poem about a break with modern civilization and a search for a new basis.” Perhaps the same can be said of Lonergan’s great works, and McShane’s. To use McShane’s phrase, they are great pastmodern works. They attempt to move past the massive impasses of self-neglect so thoroughly and pervasively concretized in the historic flow. They involve a search for a new basis beyond the centuries-long and brutal colonization of the life-world by a warped conceptualism which daily denies that “man by nature is oriented into mystery."



Author Biography

Patrick Brown, Seattle University School of Law

Professor Brown practiced law for four years with two Seattle firms. In addition to teaching legal writing, he has taught full-time in the Seattle University philosophy department. He joined the law faculty in 2002. Dr. Brown holds a J.D. from the  University of Washington School of Law, and a PhD from Boston College.