Schedule for Lonergan on the Edge 2019

If you’re within striking distance of Marquette University, join us Sept. 20-21 as we explore Bernard Lonergan’s thought on bias and conversion.  Lonergan novices are especially encouraged to attend Friday afternoon’s Master Class to gain a foundational understanding of what Lonergan means when he says “bias” and “conversion.”

See the flyer and complete schedule below.

Lonergan on the Edge 2019 flyer

Schedule – LoE 2019 – 9-9-19


Lonergan on the Edge 2019 proposals due 7/31

Apologies for being late to social media with this: All current and recent graduate students are invited to submit a paper proposal for the 2019 Lonergan on the Edge conference, to take place September 20-21 at Marquette University.  This year’s theme is “Bias and Conversion,” though as always we are open to other Bernard Lonergan-related submissions. Abstracts are due July 31, 2019, to  See the CFP for details: Marquette_LotE2019_CFP.

We are happy to announce that our invited speakers will include Dr. Steven Cone, Dr. Jennifer Sanders, and Dr. Joseph Mudd.

Please contact with any questions.

For relative newcomers to Lonergan’s work, or for anyone looking for initial sources, see the brief list of starting points below:

  • “What Does Bernard Lonergan Mean by ‘Conversion’?” Robert M. Doran, SJ, available at
  • As suggested in the above essay as an introduction to Lonergan’s thought, see Bernard Lonergan, “Self-transcendence: Intellectual, Moral, Religious,” in Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan, Volume 17: Philosophical and Theological Papers 1965-1980, eds. Robert C. Croken and Robert M. Doran (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004), 313-331.
  • In Bernard Lonergan’s Insight, see Chapter 6: Common Sense and Its Subject, §2.7 Dramatic Bias; and Chapter 7: Common Sense as Object, §6 Individual Bias, §7 Group Bias, and §8 General Bias.
  • In Bernard Lonergan’s Method in Theology, see Chapter 10: Dialectic (especially §1 Horizons and §2 Conversions and Breakdowns) and Chapter 11: Foundations (especially §1 Foundational Reality and §2 The Sufficiency of the Foundational Reality)


2016 Lonergan on the Edge CFP

The 2016 Lonergan on the Edge CFP is now available! Our theme this year is “The Spirit of Vatican I?” and we aim to explore Lonergan and other major figures in mid-Twentieth Century Catholic theology and philosophy not primarily in light of their influence on Vatican II, but the influence of Vatican I and the 19th Century upon them. On our panelists this year are Jennifer Newsome Martin (University of Notre Dame), Grant Kaplan (St. Louis University), and Jeremy Wilkins (Boston College). Our keynote speaker is Eric Mabry (Lonergan Research Institute/Regis College, University of Toronto). Proposals are due July 31st and topics outside the theme will be considered.

Also, don’t miss the call for the 4th Annual M. Shawn Copeland Presentation in Contextual Theology, an extended (45 minute) and funded (travel, lodging) presentation slot in the conference schedule reserved especially for the strongest proposal focusing on the relationship between Contextual Theologies and Lonergan Studies. If you wish for your proposal to be considered for the Copeland Presentation, please let us know.

CFP is below:


LotE13: M. Shawn Copeland Presentation in Contextual Theologies

The Lonergan Society is happy to announce the first installment of the M. Shawn Copeland Presentation in Contextual Theology, an annual, funded graduate student presentation on the intersection of contextual theology and Lonergan studies. A presentation flyer is attached below for general distribution.  This year’s presentation is:

“Contextual Theology, Meaning, and Religious Communications,” Dr. Andrea Stapleton, Loyola University Chicago, 

Friday, September 20th, 1:00-1:50 pm in Raynor Memorial Library Conference Center

M. Shawn Copeland Presentation in Contextual Theology