Questioning and knowing: the logic of questioning in Bernard Lonergan's theory of knowing

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dc.contributor.advisor Girle, Roderic A. en Legg, David Maxwell en 2007-08-06T06:27:02Z en 2007-08-06T06:27:02Z en 2003 en
dc.identifier THESIS 06-235 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--Philosophy)--University of Auckland, 2003 en
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dc.description.abstract The aim of this investigation is to explore and develop the logic of questioning as it relates to knowing. The central thesis of the investigation is that the practice of questioning is an expression of the desire to know that is dynamically oriented towards knowing everything. It recognizes that the domain of questioning is larger than the domain of knowledge, for we can always ask more questions than we are able to answer. It discusses the relationship between questioning and ignorance; it points out conceptual similarities and differences between questioning, doubt, wonder, interest and attention. It discusses Aristotle's logic of questions in relation to gaining knowledge, as answers to different types of questions. It examines Hintikka's approach to the logic of questioning and argues that his Game Theory model of questioning is restrictive. It distinguishes between the act of questioning and the content of questions. It argues that the practice of questioning grounds a critical realist theory of knowledge that is coherent and verifiable, and that any theory of knowing that restricts questioning is itself questionable. The major part of the investigation is an examination of the place of questioning in the arguments used by Bernard Lonergan to develop a theory of knowing and being in his major work, Insight: A Study of Human Understanding. It shows how Lonergan employed an unrestricted logic of questioning that is oriented to knowing everything about everything. It argues that questioning not only initiates the movement towards knowing but also that it is the guiding methodology by which we discovery further knowledge. It examines Lonergan's theory of being as the objective of an unrestricted desire to know, and shows how his argument for the existence of transcendent being are related to the practice of raising further questions. The conclusion outlines key features of questioning that need to be included in a full account of the logic of questioning. In an Appendix it provides a brief sketch of Bernard Lonergan's intellectual life and discusses related aspects of his work. en
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dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99159124214002091 en
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dc.title Questioning and knowing: the logic of questioning in Bernard Lonergan's theory of knowing en
dc.type Thesis en Philosophy en The University of Auckland en Doctoral en PhD en
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