THOMAS NAICKAMPARAMBIL, THROUGH SELF-DISCOVERY TO SELF-TRANSCENDENCE. A Study of Cognitional Self-Appropriation in B. Lonergan
One of the most original
thinkers of our time who has clearly grasped the foundational significance
of the question of human knowledge and creatively unfolded the wide-ranging
ramifications of it, not only for the various branches of human inquiry,
but for the very issue of life itself is undoubtedly the Canadian Jesuit,
Bernard J.F. Lonergan. His approach to this question was sincere, his grasp
of the matter was insightful, his application of its implications was profoundly
original and extremely consequential.
The very core of all the achievements of Lonergan is the exercise of self-appropriation. By a conscious self-possession of one's dynamic interiority one is enabled to transcend one's own subjectivity to the real world of human subjects for an authentic and meaningful human existence.
This study outlines the process of personally appropriating the cognitional dynamism of human consciousness, inquires into the foundational character of this exercise in Lonergan and draws out its important implications for contemporary thought and life. The exercise of self-appropriation is shown to shape one's philosophical convictions, to provide the basic principles of one's personal authenticity and development and to equip the human subject with the basic directives for a creative, collaborative and methodical search for truth.
THOMAS NAICKAMPARAMBIL, born in 1961, in
Kerala, India, was ordained a priest for the Arch-diocese of Trivandrum
in 1986 after his studies at the Papal Seminary, Pune. He has obtained
a Master's Degree in Philosophy from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune and Doctorate
in Philosophy from the Gregorian University, Rome. Presently he is teaching
philosophy at St. Mary's Malankara Seminary, Trivandrum, India.
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