Fall 2013 Post-Doctoral Fellows in Lonergan Studies
The following scholars joined the Boston College community as Lonergan post-doctoral fellows this fall, and wrote us a short blurb about themselves and the work they will be doing during their fellowship.
David J. Ndegwah, Kenya
I am married and have two little girls (6 and 4 years) who will be coming to the US in January next year. I am a senior lecturer at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (in Western Kenya, near the border with the Republic of Uganda), in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
My project is a critique of classical theories of development, especially in relation to the situation in Africa, where people are poorer than they were at independence, about 50 years ago. The richest continent in the world, in terms of natural resources, is the poorest, in terms of infrastructure and service delivery. And yet theorists continue with theorizing regarding what needs to be done to get the continent out the poverty trap. I concur with a phenomenological approach to development but insight, as taught by Bernard Lonergan, is fundamental in ensuring equal distribution of resources and sustainable development for all.
Francisco Arenas-Dolz, Spain
I am an Associate Professor at the University of Valencia (Spain), where I teach ethics and political philosophy. Concerned about civic education, civic engagement, and democratic reform in Spain and elsewhere, I have focused my research on communication studies, rhetoric, and hermeneutics. My area of expertise is at the intersection of technology, social networks, public policy, and society. Currently I am writing a book on civic media and their use in higher education.
I have been awarded a Lonergan fellowship for 2013-14 for my research on neuroscience and religion.
Chris Friel, England
I will be looking to build some bridges with Lonergan and some aspects of the analytic tradition, for example, Wittgenstein on Mathematical Insight, Anscombe on Intention, Kenny on Substantial Form.
Cyril Orji, Ph.D., USA (Fall Semester only)
I am an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Dayton, Ohio, and presently researching on Wolfhart Pannenberg and Bernard Lonergan’s work on Philosophy of Science. I am also working on a monograph on Hermeneutics and Theology: A Quest for a New Theology of Inculturation.
Pat Daly, MD, USA
During my fellowship, I plan to carry forward work relating Lonergan to health science and practice. This work includes (1) developing a theory of health based on Lonergan’s notions of inquiry, heuristic definition, schemes of recurrence and the self-correcting cycle of learning; (2) completing a critique of a dominant, rule-driven conception of health care ethics represented by the work of Beauchamp and Childress and a preliminary response based on Lonergan’s notions of personal self-appropriation and levels of the human good; (3) improving my knowledge of healthcare economics and Lonergan’s economic theory in order to expand my theory of health in this direction; (4) relating Lonergan’s account of the human good and value to the theory of health; and (5) collaborating with other Lonergan fellows with a common interest in health to advance our understanding of the spiritual dimensions of health science and practice. We held a workshop last summer (2013) and hope to sponsor a conference at BC next fall (2014).
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