Prof. Patrick Byrne of the Philosophy Department at Boston College offered a year-long course on Lonergan’s magnum opus, Insight during the 2009-2010 academic year. The course was entitled “Insight and Beyond.” It is intended to make both the fundamental and the more difficult parts of Insight accessible to a wide audience. During the second half of the Spring 2010 semester, the course was originally intended also to explore the developments in Lonergan’s post-Insight works on meaning, interpretation, history, ethics, values and religion. However, class discussion of the 20 chapters of Insight itself required nearly the entirety of the two semesters.
The course lectures, discussions and visual aids have been made available online for anyone interested in Lonergan’s thought, using the Echo 360 course-capture technology. Viewers will not need to purchase the Echo 360 application. Instructions for using the Echo 360 files, including technical requirements, are available at the link below.
Each class meeting has been broken up into two components for ease of viewing. An outline (or summary of highlights) of the topics treated each component has also been provided. These outlines include the times when the topics are treated in the Echo 360 recording. Viewers can scan the outlines for topics of interest, and move the cursor to the appropriate time, without needing to view the entire class. Links to the each of the Echo 360 recordings and corresponding outlines are provided in the lists for the two semesters.
Patrick Byrne welcomes questions about the class sessions in the Comments section below, and will do his best to respond in a timely fashion.