The originality of his work lies principally in the area of method where through a penetrating study of the mind in action he demonstrated the methodical interrelation of the natural and social sciences, philosophy and theology. Lonergan was a professor at the Gregorian University, Rome (1953-65), at Harvard (1971-72) and at Boston College (1975-83). His honours include Companion of the Order of Canada and Fellow of the British Academy. Lonergan's work is too rigorously intellectual and specialized to be widely known, though popular journals have taken note of congresses held to study his ideas. His works include Insight: A Study of Human Understanding (1957) and Method in Theology (1972).
Author WILLIAM O. FENNELL