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Ethics of Discernment

A new book by Professor of Philosophy Patrick H. Byrne has been called the first detailed exposition of an ethical theory based on eminent 20th century philosopher Bernard Lonergan, S.J.’s method of self-appropriation. In The Ethics of Discernment: Lonergan’s Foundation for Ethics (University of Toronto Press, 2016), Byrne argues that self-appropriation can be used to come to objective judgments of value. According to the publisher, The Ethics of Discernment is an introspective analysis of that process, in which sustained ethical inquiry and attentiveness to feelings as “intentions of value” leads to a rich conception of the good. Byrne is director of BC’s Lonergan Center, which houses a wide-ranging collection of Lonergan’s published and unpublished works, together with monographs, dissertations, and articles about Lonergan, as well as books and periodicals relevant to his scholarship.