Lonergan's Meaning of Complete in the Fifth Canon of Scientific Method

Philip McShane


I follow the editors suggestion in dividing this essay into sections dealing with a) content, b) context, c) personal context. However, I break the personal reflections into two sections that bracket the presentation of content and context. So, sections 1 and 4 present my personal perspective; section 2 is a shot at a hypothetical expression of the content of Lonergans meaning of complete; section 3 handles the context problem. The immediately relevant expressed contexts for the effort here are The Sketch in Insight and page 250 of Method in
. The Sketch speaks of content and context of an interpretation; the page pushes discomfortingly for a personal stand.



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