MUHIGIRWA F. RUSEMBUKA, THE TWO WAYS OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT ACCORDING TO B. LONERGAN. Anticipation in Insight
Bernard Lonergan is widely regarded as one of the most significant thinkers of our times. His original and coherent philosophical investigations focusing on human knowing as a dynamic event have led him to address fundamental questions that pertain to human development. His exploration of the two ways of human development constitute a major theme in his post-Method articles. For Lonergan, truly human development takes two complementary ways: the way up and the way down. As dynamic processes, the two ways invite persons to attend to the data, to understand intelligently, to judge correctly, to respond to values, to effect cognitive, moral, and affective self-transcendence. In Method in Theology as well as in the post-Method articles, there is complementarity between the way up and the way down, between tradition and innovation, between immanently generated knowledge and belief. This study examines philosophically how Lonergan's understanding of these two ways of human development, operative in Method in Theology, thematic in the post-Method articles, are anticipated in Insight. In fact, the aim of Insight is to issue in a self-appropriation of one's own cognitional activities conceived essentially as a development of the subject and in the subject.
MUHIGIRWA RUSEMBUKA Ferdinand, born in 1956, Bukavu, joined the Society of Jesus in 1978, was ordained priest in 1992 by Mgr Munzihirwa Christophe. He has obtained a MA in Philosophy at the University of Lubumbashi, a Th.M. at the University of Toronto, a STL at Regis College (Toronto), and a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Gregorian University, Rome. Presently he is teaching philosophy at the Jesuit FacultÚ St Pierre Canisius in Kimwenza (R D Congo).
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