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Conscious in Two Ways

Robert M. Doran Remembers

Jeremy W. Blackwood Joseph Ogbonnaya Robert M. Doran Gregory Lauzon

124 pages
Marquette University Press

This interview, held short months before the death of Robert Doran, gives a rare insight into the life and times of Fr. Bob. It explains in his own words the background to his reading and interpretation of Bernard Lonergan, especially his inclusion of psychic conversion to Lonergan's intellectual, moral, and religious conversion. It tells the story of Fr. Bob's ministry among people with HIV/AIDS in Toronto, Canada, his leadership of the Lonergan Research Institute in Toronto, his movement back to Marquette in 2006, his founding of the Marquette Lonergan Project and the setting up of Lonergan Resource, a digital platform that made Lonergan's archival papers available to people all over the world. Edited in the format of Bernard Lonergan's Caring about Meaning, the book allows Fr. Bob to express himself more than ever before.

Author Bio
Jeremy W. Blackwood, Ph.D., is the author of ‘And Hope Does Not Disappoint’: Love, Grace, and Subjectivity in the Work of Bernard J. F. Lonergan, S.J., as well as articles in Theological Studies, Irish Theological Quarterly, and Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies. His research interests focus on Bernard Lonergan’s theology and philosophy, Trinitarian theology, and racial justice. Joseph Ogbonnaya, Ph.D., is the author of numerous articles and books including: African Perspectives on Culture and World Christianity (2017), Lonergan, Social Transformation and Sustainable Human Development (2013), African Catholicism and Hermeneutics of Culture (2014), along with co-editor of Intellect, Affect, and God: The Trinity, History, and the Life of Grace (2021), Everything is Connected: Towards a Globalization with a Human Face and Integral Ecology (2019), Christianity and Culture Collision (2016) and The Church as Salt and Light (2011). Robert M. Doran, S.J., specialized in Catholic systematic theology and the philosophy and theology of Bernard Lonergan. He was general editor of The Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan (University of Toronto Press), a set of twenty-five volumes, the last of which was published in November 2019. The focus of his most recent research had to do with the theology of the divine missions, The Trinity in History. Two of three volumes have been published by University of Toronto Press: Missions and Processions (2012) and Missions, Relations, and Persons (2019). The third volume is underway and will constitute a contemporary soteriology. He has worked on the integration of Lonergan's work with depth psychology and with René Girard's mimetic theory. He is the author of articles in a number of professional journals (e.g., Theological Studies, Irish Theological Quarterly, The Thomist, Journal of Religion, Communio, Toronto Journal of Theology, Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies), and of several other books, including from University of Toronto Press: Theology and the Dialectics of History (1990/2001) and What Is Systematic Theology? (2005), and from Marquette University Press: Subject and Psyche (1994) and Psychic Conversion and Theological Foundations (2006). He was co-Founder and Director Emeritus of the Lonergan Research Institute, Toronto, and Director of the Marquette Lonergan Project. Audio engineer Greg Lauzon lives in Toronto, his area of interest is finding new ways of creating music, sometimes involving building experimental musical instruments and developing new playing methods. In his paper Emerging Probabilities and the Operators of Musical Evolution, he explores the relationship between the evolution of music and Bernard Lonergans category of emergent probability. In Lamenting at the Abattoir: Meditations Through Rhythm he discusses Urban Sound Exploration by drawing upon Bernard Lonergan’s notion of elemental meaning and the meditative processes of Eugene Gendlin.