April 2017 LRI Seminar - Dr. Michael Ryall, "The Role of Insight in the Foundations of Social Ontology"

What April 2017 LRI Seminar
When Thursday, 6 April 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Who eric.mabry@mail.utoronto.ca

Our third seminar of the 2017 Spring semester will take place on Thursday, April 6th @ 1pm and will feature Dr. Michael Ryall of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management presenting, “The Role of Insight in the Foundations of Social Ontology.” Joshua Harris (ICS) and Dr. Michael Vertin (USMC) will be responding. Please note the different time and day for this seminar. I hope you will join us for this rich conversation! 

March 2017 LRI Seminar - Nate Wall, "God the Metaphysical Poet: Scriptural Paradox as Divine Dialectic in the Prose of John Donne"

What March 2017 LRI Seminar
When Friday, 17 March 2017 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Who eric.mabry@mail.utoronto.ca

Our second seminar of the semester will take place on Friday, March 17th @ 2pm and will feature Nate Wall of Wycliffe College presenting, “God the Metaphysical Poet: Scriptural Paradox as Divine Dialectic in the Prose of John Donne.” John O’Brien, S.J. (Regis) and Dr. Jesse Billet (Trinity) will be responding. Please join us for this conversation! 



Dialectical Traditionalism: A Collaborative, International Research Conference

When Friday, 24 February 2017 at 8:45 AM to Saturday, 25 February 2017 at 4:30 PM
Who eric.mabry@mail.utoronto.ca

On February 24th-25th, the Lonergan Research Institute (LRI) in Toronto will serve as the site for an international conference dedicated to increasing Lonergan’s “not numerous center.” This conference will be co-hosted by The Lonergan Centre at St. Paul University (Ottawa), The Lonergan Center at Boston College, The Marquette Lonergan Project, and The Lonergan Research Institute (Toronto). We have sought to make explicit the methodological parameters of Lonergan’s “not numerous center” (CWL 4: 245) through the notion of Dialectical Traditionalism (a phrase coined by our friends at Marquette). 

“Dialectical Traditionalism is a provisional name for a nascent mentality. It is ‘Traditional’ insofar as it acknowledges that we discover ourselves and our native situation(s) constituted in large part by a history of meanings and values. It is ‘Dialectical’ insofar as it exhorts us to give questions pride of place in our intellectual, moral, and political efforts. This questioning, however, is not merely a critical or even skeptical attitude towards the history in which we find ourselves. Rather, it is, yes, a willingness to call elements of the tradition or traditions that feed our moment into question, but it is also a dialectical openness to be called into question ourselves by these. Dialectical Traditionalism, in other words, is a mentality that calls for attention to one’s place in a history, intelligent appropriation of one’s tradition, reasonable judgments about its relative merits and liabilities, and responsible risk taking in thought and action. Dialectical Traditionalism asks us to refrain from valorizing the old simply because it is old or the new simply because it is new, but to instead carefully sift that to which should still say ‘yes’ from that to which we must, if we would retain our intellectual and moral integrity, say ‘no’” (Jonathan Heaps, Marquette University). 

All of the papers will be presented at Regis College (100 Wellesley St. West, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2Z5). For a complete list of papers, please see the schedule

We encourage all who are interested to attend! We welcome your participation. For more information, download our flyer



January 2017 LRI Graduate Seminar, "The Notion of the Secular and the Flourishing of Religious Freedom"

What January 2017 LRI Graduate Seminar
When Friday, 27 January 2017 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

A panel discussing: “What does the notion of the secular have to do with establishing, promoting, or preserving religious freedom?” Featuring Anna Su (UofT Faculty of Law), Alex Hernandez (UofT Department of English), Nick Olkovich (University of St. Michael’s College), and Alex Llanera (Regis College).

LRI Graduate Seminar - Michael Buttrey (Regis), "Faster, Stronger, More Ethical? Moral Enhancement and Christian Virtue."

What Final Fall 2016 LRI Graduate Seminar
When Friday, 2 December 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Is the cultivation of virtue compatible with moral enhancement, a proposal to use medical techniques affecting human cognition and emotions to help us become more ethical? Barbro Fröding suggests cognitive enhancements could enable more people to develop virtues, while Thomas Douglas advocates moral improvement through the medical modulation of emotions. I will argue that despite similar features, moral enhancement and Christian virtue address different aspects of the human person and aim at different ends for human beings. First, I will draw on contemporary virtue theorists like Philippa Foot and Julia Annas to suggest differences between virtue and moral enhancement, including the relative importance of the will and the common good. Second, I will explore the contrast between moral enhancement and distinctly Christian virtue, especially the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.