About the Course

Welcome to Insight and Beyond, a two-semester course given at Boston College by Professor Patrick Byrne of the Philosophy Department.

The course is a comprehensive examination of Bernard Lonergan’s magnum opus, Insight: A Study of Human Understanding, as well as certain texts that represent key developments in Lonergan’s thought after the publication of Insight.

Professor Byrne wrote:

“Frequently I have been asked, ‘Why isn’t Lonergan better known? Why aren’t his ideas part of the contemporary, mainstream philosophical conversations?’ These questions are usually posed to me by people who have only recently come to appreciate the magnitude of Lonergan’s intellectual achievements, and are puzzled why he is so widely ignored in intellectual circles. Certainly part of the answer has to be the great obstacle posed by his masterwork, Insight. For one thing, it is 770 pages long (in its 1992 edition), and difficult reading throughout. In addition, its first five chapters are devoted to topics of the methods of the modern natural sciences, topics unfamiliar to most readers.”

This course and its video recording were undertaken in the hope of providing beginners (and perhaps also advanced scholars) with entry points and clarifications of Lonergan’s often difficult but valuable contributions. The video recordings of the lectures and student discussions are being made available to the larger community of those interested in exploring Insight.

The course was originally intended also to explore the developments in Lonergan’s post-Insight works on meaning, interpretation, history, ethics, values and religion in the second half of the course. However, class discussion of the 20 chapters of Insight itself required nearly the entirety of the two semesters.

All students shown in this series of video presentations have given their explicit permission to appear in them.

Instructions for Viewing the Course

The lectures and PowerPoint (PPT) slides from the course are being made available online for anyone interested in Lonergan’s thought through a video platform called Panopto©, which recreates the original lecture and class discussion. This format makes it possible to watch the video of the class session and also simultaneously view the PPT slides used to illustrate it. Each class session has been divided into two (2) parts. There is a separate link for each part of each class session.

We have also provided outlines of the main topics covered during each class session. Times for key points are also included in the outline, so that you can scroll ahead to that topic if you so desire. The link to the outline for each session is located alongside the corresponding link to the Panopto recording for that session.

In addition, Dr. Timothy J. Lynch, Lecturer emeritus in the School of Philosophical Studies at The Queen’s University of Belfast, has been preparing transcriptions of the class lectures. Links to the transcripts that have been completed are also provided, along with links to the video recordings of the sessions and the outlines.

Entering Panopto

When you click on the link to a class session, you will first see a screen like this:

The class session video is in the upper left corner, and the corresponding PPT slides to the right. This initial view is the standard view.

There are other options. You can also expand either the video or the PPT slide to fill the entire screen.

You can also click anywhere on the scroll bar to advance. Times from the beginning of the video will appear, and you can scroll to the time in the class session that you desire.

Insight and Beyond, Part 1 Classes

Syllabus

Class 1

Part 1: Introduction to Lonergan’s Thought

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Part 2: Introduction & Preface; Exercise in Self-Appropriation

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Class 2

Part 1: Self-Appropriation; Preface & Introduction

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Part 2 (CH 1 §§1&2): Overview of Chapter 1; Dramatic Instance & Definition

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Class 3

Part 1 (CH 1 §2): Definitions

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Part 2 (CH 1, §§2-5): Definitions, Inverse Insight, Higher Viewpoint, Empirical Residue

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Class 4

Part 1 (CH 2 §1): Why Does Lonergan Begin with Science? Math & Science Compared

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Part 2 (CH 2 §§2&3): Classical Heuristic Structure; Inferences from Classical Laws

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Class 5

Part 1 (CH 2 §3): Systematic and Non-Systematic Processes

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Part 2 (CH 2 §§3&4): Non-systematic Processes & Statistical Heuristic Structures

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Class 6

Part 1 (CH 2 §4 and CH 3 §§1-5): Non-Systematic Processes, Co-Incidental Manifolds & Statistical Methods; Canons of Empirical Method

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Part 2 (CH 3 §6 and CH 4 §§1&2): Canons of Statistical Residues; Complementarity of Classical and Statistical Investigations

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Class 7

Part 1 (CH 4 §2): Complementarity in the Known: Emergent Probability

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Part 2 (CH 4 §2 and CH 5 §§1&2): Emergent Probability (continued); Space and Time

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Class 8

Part 1 (CH 5 §2): Human Space and Time

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Part 2 (CH 5 §§1-5): From Human Space and Time to that of the Science of Physics

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Class 9

Part 1 (CH 5 §§1, 3 & 4): Explanatory Space & Time: Special Reference Frames

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Part 2 (CH 6 §1): Common Sense as Intellectual

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Class 10

Part 1 (6 §§2.1-2.4): Patterns of Experience

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Part 2 (CH 6 §§2.5-2.7): Dramatic Pattern and Dramatic Bias

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Class 11

1 Part Only (CH 6 §2.3 & Topics in Education, CH 9): Aesthetic and Artistic Patterns of Experience

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Class 12

Part 1 (CH 7 & Topics in Education CHs 2&3): Common Sense as Object & The Good as Developing Object

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Part 2 (CH 7 & Topics in Education CHs 2&3): Common Sense as Object & The Good as Developing Object

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Class 13

Part 1 (CH 7 §8): The Longer Cycle and Cosmopolis

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Part 2 (CH 8): Bodies, Things, and the Real

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Class 14

Part 1 (CH 9): Judging

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Part 2 (CH 10): Reflective Understanding

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Insight and Beyond, Part 2 Classes

Syllabus

Class 15

Part 1 (CH 11): Affirming and Characterizing One’s Self

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Part 2: Self-Affirmation and Consciousness

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Class 16

Part 1 (CHs 12 & 13 and Cognitional Structure): Why is Doing That Knowing?

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Part 2 (CH 12 and Cognitional Structure): The ‘Epistemological Theorem’ and the Unrestricted Notion of Being

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Class 17

Part 1 (CH 13): Tripartite Objectivity

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Part 2 (CH 13): Principal Objectivity and Subject-as-Subject

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Class 18

Part 1 (CH 14): The Method of Metaphysics

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Part 2 (CH 14): Metaphysics as Dialectical

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Class 19

Part 1 (CH 15): The Integral Heuristic Structure of Proportionate Being: What is it?

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Part 2 (CH 15): Finality

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Class 20

Part 1 (CH 15): Isomorphism of Human Knowing & Proportionate Being

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Part 2 (CH 14): Potency, Form, Act—and Development

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Class 21

Part 1 (CH 16 §4.1): Metaphysics as Science: Unity of the Universe

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Part 2 (CH 14): Metaphysics as Science: Unity of the Human

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Class 22

Part 1 (CH 16 §4.3; CH 15 §7.4): Intrinsic Intelligibility of Being; Humans as Spiritual

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Part 2 (CH 17 §1): Material vs. Spiritual; Meaning of Religious Symbolism

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Class 23

Part 1 (CH 17 §1): Mystery, Myth & Metaphysics

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Part 2 (Method in Theology CH 4; Lonergan’s Universalist View of Religion): Religious Experience & Religious Expression

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Class 24

Part 1 (CH 17 §§2&3): From Below Upwards & Above Downwards; Interpretation

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Part 2 (CH 17 §3): Expression & Interpretation

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Class 25

Part 1 (CH 17 §3): Interpretation: Universal Viewpoint & Functional Specialty

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Part 2 (CH 18 §2): The Notion of Freedom

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Class 26

Part 1 (CH 18 §2): The Structure of Knowing and Doing

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Part 2 (CH 18 §1): Method in Ethics & Ontology of the Good

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Class 27

Handout outlining the argument for God’s existence

Part 1 (CH 19 §§1-5): Conceiving Transcendence: Idea and Understanding

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Part 2 (CH 19 §§6-1): Affirming Transcendence: God’s Existence

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Class 28

Part 1 (CH 19 §10): The Argument for the Existence of God

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Part 2 (CH 18 §3 & CH 20 §1): Problem of Liberation and the Problem of Evil

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Class 29

Part 1 (CH 19 §§10-11): Reconsideration of the Argument for the Existence of God; Structure of Collaboration against Evil

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Part 2: Student Questions in Preparation for Final Exam

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Media Downloads

Below you will find download links for audio and PowerPoint files. These zipped files allow for a one-time download of the entire course in bulk. If you would like to download only a particular audio or PowerPoint file, please use the links provided in Classes section corresponding to the appropriate class.

Note: At this time, video files are not available for download. It is recommended that you view video files through the Panopto streaming links provided in the Classes sections. If your bandwidth restrictions prevent you from streaming, please contact us and we may be able to mail you a flash drive or DVD with the lectures.

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