The past year has seen several important contributions to Lonergan studies appear by Patrick Byrne, Michael McCarthy, and Mark Morelli. 

In The Ethics of Discernment, Patrick H. Byrne, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, presents an approach to ethics that builds upon the cognitional theory and the philosophical method of self-appropriation that Bernard Lonergan introduced in his book Insight, as well as upon Lonergan’s later writing on ethics and values. The Ethics of Discernment is an introspective analysis of the process of coming to objective judgments of value. Byrne’s sustained ethical inquiry and attentiveness to feelings as “intentions of value” leads to a rich conception of the good. Written both for those with an interest in Lonergan’s philosophy and for those interested in theories of ethics who have only a limited knowledge of Lonergan’s work, Byrne’s book is the first detailed exposition of an ethical theory based on Lonergan’s philosophical method.

In his acclaimed 1989 book, The Crisis of Philosophy, Michael H. McCarthy, Professor emeritus of Philosophy at Vassar College, argued for the superiority of Lonergan’s distinctive philosophical project to those of his analytic and phenomenological rivals. His latest offering, Authenticity as Self-Transcendence: The Enduring Insights of Bernard Lonergan, develops and expands the earlier argument with four new essays, designed to show Lonergan’s exceptional relevance to the cultural situation of late modernity.

Mark Morelli, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University and director of the Los Angeles Lonergan Center, has published Self-Possession: Being At Home In Conscious Performance, a meditative exploration of our inescapable and fluid relationship to the fundamental ideals of Meaning, Objectivity, Knowledge, Truth, Reality, and Value upon which we depend to inform and guide our living. It is an attempt to describe the elusive interior experience of these basic notions at work in our conscious performance. This title can be purchased from the BC Lonergan Center for $25, although there is a discounted price available to those ordering the book for use with a class. To inquire, email Susan Legere at legeres@bc.edu.