Born in Dublin 18 May 1940.
After a first university degree in Electrical Engineering I worked as a research mathematician with the British Aircraft Corporation on mathematical problems in aircraft design. There followed some years working as a physicist in the Rutherford Laboratory on facilities for research in high energy (particle) physics. After philosophy studies in the Milltown Institute I wrote a doctoral dissertation in philosophy in the University of Leeds entitled ‘Questioning and Its Object.’ For two of those years I was a SISCON Research Fellow in the philosophy of science in the University of Manchester.
In January 1980 I began teaching philosophy in the Milltown Institute, Dublin.
1982-7: Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Milltown Institute.
1982-3, Qualified as Journal Writing Consultant with Ira Progoff, N.Y. Since 1983 I have been running Journal Workshops concerned with enabling participants to bring their lives as a whole into focus.
Boston College Research Fellow, Lonergan Studies, 1987-8.
Member of the Royal Irish Academy National Committee for Philosophy 1997-9.
Taylor Chair, Visiting Professor, Loyola Marymount University, Spring 2002.
Since 1980 I have been lecturing in philosophy at the Milltown Institute, a third level College in Dublin, Ireland. As well as many electives the major courses I have taught included:
Knowing and Communicating
Human Person: Foundation Course
The Modern/Postmodern Sense of the Self (See courses page)
Reading Lives: On Narrative Selfhood and Value Ethics (See courses page)
Over the years I have read research papers at The Royal Irish Academy, Irish Philosophical Society, Lonergan Workshops in Boston, Lonergan Workshop in Rome, Santa Clara University, Loyola Marymount University, The Lonergan Centre in Dublin.
My current research interests are firstly, in developing a critique of reductionism, on which I have the outline of a book in place. Secondly, I am working on developing a philosophical anthropology based on reading auto/biographies; and thirdly, I am exploring the use of a journal in philosophy and life as a whole.
“Lonergan’s Method: Two Views,” Heythrop Journal Vol XIII, No. 4, October 1972
“Present and Future,” The Way, Vol 14, No. 2, April 1974.
“Towards a Crucial Experiment in the Philosophy of Mind,” Philosophical Studies (NUI) XXIV (1976)
“Theology as Collaborative Wonder,” Expository Times, March 1980 Vol. 91, No. 6.
“Method and the Social Appropriation of Reality,” in Method and Creativity, Essays in Honor of Bernard Lonergan, edited by Matthew Lamb, Milwaukee: Marquette University Press 1981.
“On Journalling Self-Appropriation,” Milltown Studies, No 7, Spring 1981.
“Personal Histories and Theories of Knowledge,” Milltown Studies, No 8, Autumn 1981.
“Intellectual Conversion and Science Education,” Lonergan Workshop Volume V, edited by Fred Lawrence, Boston College 1985.
“Wonder as Narrative,” Philosophical Studies (NUI) XXXI (1986-7)
“Interpreting Lives: Some Hermeneutical Problems in Autobiography and Biography,” Irish Philosophical Journal, Vol 3, 1, 1986.
“Lonergan’s Economics,” Method Journal of Lonergan Studies, 3/1 (1985).
“Explanation in Social Science,” in Religion and Culture: Essays in Honor of Bernard Lonergan, S.J., edited by Fallon and Riley, (New York: SUNY Press, 1987)
“Curiosity at the Centre of One’s Life,” Method, Journal of Lonergan Studies, Vol 8, 1, March 1990.
“The Questioning Imagination,” Milltown Studies, 27(1991).
“Time, Desire and Narrative Meaning,” Milltown Studies 32(1993)
“On Lonergan and John Stuart Mill,” Milltown Studies 35(1995).
“Kant’s Anomalous Insights,” Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies 14 (1996).
“A Biographical Perspective on Conversion and the Functional Specialties,” Method: Journal of Lonergan Studies 16(1998). This article details the insight on which Lonergan’s later book, Method in Theology was based.
“On Illness and Human Meaning,” Milltown Studies 48 (2001).
“Gregorian Influences on Lonergan 1933-40, The Accidents of a Life,” to appear in the proceedings of the Lonergan Workshop in Rome 2001.
“The Fragmented Self,” in a Festschrift for Dr Philip McShane, edited by Michael Shute and published as Volume 3 of the Journal of Macrodynamic Analysis, Vol 3 (2003), available on
“On Becoming Oneself in the World,” paper read at the Lonergan Workshop, Boston College 2003. Later versions of this paper were read at Loyola Marymount University, CA, April 2004 and The Dublin Lonergan Centre in November 2005.
“On the Problem of the Mind-World Relation: Kant and the Legacy of Insight,” paper read at the WCMI, Loyola Marymount University, California, April 2004.
“Describing Consciousness, reflections on the elusiveness of mind,” paper read at the Second International Lonergan Workshop,” University of Toronto, August 2004.
“The Human Mystery,” paper read at the Lonergan/Rahner Centenary Seminar at Milltown Park, November 2005. To be published in the proceedings.