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Seeding Global Collaboration

Patrick Brown and James Duffy, editors, 2016

A collection of twelve essays written for "Functional Collaboration in the Academy," a conference held at the University of British Columbia, in July, 2014. The essays explore and advance a revolutionary method for collaborative inquiry relevant to both the natural sciences and the human sciences. As they range from research in neuroscience to interpreting space and time, from forging new housing policies and communicating macroeconomic dynamics to performing distinct collaborative tasks as part of a unified process of caring for ecosystems, they seek to seed a new ethos of efficient collaboration and effective meaning.

Global Collaboration: Neuroscience as Paradigmatic

Robert Henman, 2016

The three articles printed here point towards the need for a form of collaboration that is presently inoperative in neuroscience and is not functioning in the current sciences at all. The New Science is a division of labour and tasks that has the potential to increase the probabilities of cumulative and progressive results. Bernard Lonergan made this discovery in 1965 and called it functional specialization.

The Allure of the Compelling Genius of History: Teaching Young Humans Humanity and Hope

Philip McShane, 2015

This book intimates the movement of theology into respectable companionship with the general explanatory drive of the mature sciences. At the same time it is an invitation to seed a strange effective Han Dynasty of the well of loneliness. The first brief Han Dynasty in China (206 BCE–220 CE), spanned the Galilean time of Jesus. The new permanent Han Dynasty of global care is to be slowly and patiently weaved round the minding of the Wholly Frail that is the Unknown Real Jesus of the symphony of history.

Piketty’s Plight and the Global Future

Philip McShane, 2014

This book presents a revolutionary challenge to Thomas Piketty and others attempting to come to grips with the problem of income inequality. In his widely acclaimed Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Piketty rightly takes contemporary economics to task for its preoccupation with “petty mathematical problems.” Yet despite his massive appeal to data, Piketty remains trapped in descriptive categories and haunted by flaws in selecting and ordering the significant data. This “is like a physicist searching data for traces of the Higgs particle without eyes laden with the standard model." This book provides an inviting glimpse of a fresh context, a new paradigm, a precise heuristic.

The Everlasting Joy of Being Human

Philip McShane, 2013

This is a sequel to Futurology Express that takes up classical questions of immortality and eschatology but addresses them in a fresh and distinctive way. “What is it to be like for me when I move out of this complex chemical wonderland that is my body?” By exploring topics including “the betweeness of death,” “time and eternity,” and “Aquinas and eschatology,” and by venturing into the works of a handful of contemporary theologians and physicists, McShane illustrates the requirements for stepping towards the mature collaborative work intimated by the method of cyclic collaboration pioneered by Bernard Lonergan.

Futurology Express

Philip McShane, 2013

This book is a hopeful invitation to assent to a collaborative care for villages, towns, and the globe. The optimism springs from a possibility of circulating the light of timely ideas in markets, schools, and town halls. Futurology Express envisages a population of humble and patient collaborators—some with a knack for recovering the story of lost or overlooked ideas; others with a knack for visioning a better future; and all bent towards radiating the light of timely ideas cyclically and spirally. The first fifteen chapters, written without footnotes, are accessible to any reader.

Bernard Lonergan: His Life and Leading Ideas

Pierrot Lambert and Philip McShane, 2010

This is the story of Bernard Lonergan (1904-1984), his formation as a Jesuit and sense of intellectual vocation, the development of his proposal of a new political economy, his life as a philosopher and professional theologian, the importance of physics and Maxwell’s equations in his magnum opus Insight, and his final breakthrough to the structure of collaboration. The biography recounts the startling reach of Lonergan in areas as diverse as pragmatic self-knowledge, mathematical logic and metalogic, economics, and systematic theology.

Method in Theology 101 AD 9011: The Road to Religious Reality

Philip McShane, 2012

This book was written to encourage those accepting the invitation of Bernard Lonergan in Method in Theology to implement functional collaboration. It points to a revolution in religious studies and practice with a focus on direct discourse that pronounces, reconciles, and communicates, and that is characteristic of theology in oratione recta. The author’s hope is that a contemplative wondering about self and universe will lead beyond the aporia of postmodernism.

Sane Economics and Fusionism

Philip McShane, 2010

The first part of this book presents an introduction to a view of the basis of economic analysis that is absent from academic and political discourse, and thus absent from economic practice. The second part of the book adds to the first the specification of collaboration that is to increase the probabilities of sane economics becoming a part of discourse and practice. The name “Fusionism” is taken from Bernard Lonergan’s canon of explanation in hermeneutics in Insight. McShane envisages the emergence of Fusionism as something that parallels the pattern of emergence of Gauge Theory in physics.

Lack in the Beingstalk: A Giants Causeway

Philip McShane, 2006

The "lack" in the title suggests a lack of collaboration that characterizes isolated hyper-specialized research and publications as well as descriptive philosophies and theologies. McShane proposes that a Calculus of Variations analogous to that which interested the early Husserl is to replace the isolation of individuals and disciplines and lead to genuine progress and economic justice. The reach beyond effete isolation implies that adult growth is viewed normatively as accelerating.

Thinking Woman

Alessandra Gillis Drage, 2006

Women tend to know instinctively that our thinking is an intimate inner reach in us, an inner dynamic of mind. Yet this deepest of self-assets is scarcely noticed much less analyzed or reflected upon. Thinking Woman invites women to an appreciation of themselves as thinking beings. In a personal and inspirational way, this book offers women a journey and process toward the discovery of themselves and their minding. Readers interested in women's issues will appreciate reflections on the rise of feminism as a thinking enterprise and its significance in world history.

Introducing Critical Thinking

John Benton, Alessandra Drage, Philip McShane, 2005 (reprint 2006)

Written as an introduction to philosophy for grade twelve students, Introducing Critical Thinking in fact reaches out to a wide audience with the introductory question: What is critical thinking? The reader is invited to discover a personal answer to this question, one that should be an enlightenment regarding life-possibilities. This text is currently being used in Canadian and Australian high school classes and is suitable for college and university. This book has been translated into Spanish (Madrid: Plaza y Valdés, 2011).

Music That Is Soundless

Philip McShane (2nd ed.), 2005

This is a new edition of McShane's beautiful book about God, originally published in the late 1960s. The title is taken from the poem "Songs Between the Soul and the Bridegroom" by John of the Cross (1542-1591). The book invites you to turn your heart and mind toward your own heart of loneliness, which is your reach for God, for "the Music Without Sound."

Pastkeynes Pastmodern Economics

Philip McShane, 2002

This book offers an introductory reach for economic wisdom. At the same time, it is an explosive, yet pragmatic, push past Keynesian theories and postmodernism. What is missing in present economic thinking is both an appreciation of the economic variables and vision that would restore true democracy. The emergence of enlightened economics will gradually replace present disorder and confusion with innovative local and global vision.

Beyond Establishment Economics

Bruce Anderson, Philip McShane, 2002

This book is a critique of Gregory Mankiw's acclaimed first year economics text, Principles of Macroeconomics, representative of the present culture of economic education. By shifting interest away from establishment notions regarding finance and stock-trading in order to highlight the centrality of local creativities and intelligent credit structures, Beyond Establishment Economics guides the reader towards a fresh understanding of the rhythms of production and an appreciation for the growing need for a re-vitalized democratic view that is beyond present economic theories.

A Brief History of Tongue

Philip McShane, 1998

As the title implies, this book is about the emergence of language, both in you and in civilization. Using Helen Keller as inspiration and illustration, the author points to how language emerges with a 'Big Bang' in each of us. Focus is on the root of that 'Big Bang' in human creativity and speech. The reader is invited to identify intricacies of adult consciousness by apreciating the trancition from babbling to talk. The result is a new and radical view of language.

Economics for Everyone

Philip McShane, 1998

The title of this book carries a two-fold meaning. First, the book is written in homely fashion and so is an 'economics for everyone' who is seriously interested in an alternative to present world economic practice and thinking. Second, it offers a brilliant and uniquely hopeful long-term view that has at its heart the economic well-being of all people. In this hearty global perspective, this book truly is an economics for everyone.