Bernard Lonergan Analysis

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Preface Jesuit priest Bernard Lonergan famously described the breakthrough of human cognition as "The reoccurring and cumulative processes of experiencing, understanding and judging." As we go about our day, we analyze and formulate ideas based upon the shared experiences we come across. Gathering knowledge, our minds subconsciously question the actions we routinely go about. From these questions, we learn about the truths and, in return, we look ahead to what is in store for us. This method of thinking belongs to Bernard Lonergan, who challenges us to explore the depths of ourselves and discover "A fuller self of which we are aware and the awareness itself is different." In this paper, I am participating in the Lonergan method, in hopes…show more content…
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