Hermeneutics and Method

Hermeneutics and Method

The 'universal Viewpoint' in Bernard Lonergan

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Bernard Lonergan's notion of the 'universal viewpoint' is at once a timely and an unpopular topic. The very term seems to violate the postmodern concern for indigenous contexts, and yet, given the development of information technologies, world courts and international charters of rights, the need for universal frameworks has never been greater. This study by Ivo Coelho shows Lonergan's approach to be a complex blend of dialectic and dialogue that has much to offer to a discourse on transcultural issues.

Coelho shows Lonergan's universal viewpoint to be an important hermeneutical tool that makes its appearance in "Insight" but is seemingly forgotten in the later works. He argues, however, that the notion did not disappear, but rather underwent a shift. Using the Thomist notion of wisdom (appropriated by Lonergan in his "Verbum" articles) as a key for interpretation, Coelho traces the flowering of the universal viewpoint into a mature theological method - one that holds out the hope of an effective transcultural mediation of meanings and values. Lonergan's approach to mediation, says Coelho, neither compromises on the demands of truth nor neglects the very real claims of difference.


Using the Thomist notion of wisdom as a key for interpretation, Coelho traces the flowering of the universal viewpoint into a mature theological method ? one that holds out the hope of an effective transcultural mediation of meanings and values.



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Though Lonergan's (1904-84) notion of the universal viewpoint seems to violate post-modern concern for indigenous contexts, Coelho (Divyadaan: Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nashik, India) claims that the need for universal frameworks has increased due to the development of information technologies, world courts, and international charters of rights. He describes the approach as a complex blend of dialectic and dialogue that can contribute to a discourse on trans-cultural issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

University of Toronto Press

Bernard Lonergan's notion of the 'universal viewpoint' is at once a timely and an unpopular topic. The very term seems to violate the postmodern concern for indigenous contexts, and yet, given the development of information technologies, world courts and international charters of rights, the need for universal frameworks has never been greater. This study by Ivo Coelho shows Lonergan's approach to be a complex blend of dialectic and dialogue that has much to offer to a discourse on transcultural issues.

Coelho shows Lonergan's universal viewpoint to be an important hermeneutical tool that makes its appearance in "Insight" but is seemingly forgotten in the later works. He argues, however, that the notion did not disappear, but rather underwent a shift. Using the Thomist notion of wisdom (appropriated by Lonergan in his "Verbum" articles) as a key for interpretation, Coelho traces the flowering of the universal viewpoint into a mature theological method - one that holds out the hope of an effective transcultural mediation of meanings and values. Lonergan's approach to mediation, says Coelho, neither compromises on the demands of truth nor neglects the very real claims of difference.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, Ă2001
ISBN: 9781442675698
1442675691
9780802048400
0802048404
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xx, 345 pages)

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