The Transcendental Principles Of Transcendental Meditation Essay

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Based on transcendental method, Lonergan posits what he calls the “transcendental precepts,” merely that one must “be attentive, be intelligent, be reasonable, [and] be responsible.” To the extent that one does these things, the self-transcending subject is “authentic,” that is to say, he makes objective judgements of value, goodness. As one more and more consistently follows the transcendental precepts, he more consistently come to know and choose the good; he moves from inauthenticity toward greater authenticity. The development of knowledge and of moral feeling leads to an “existential discovery” that one is a moral being and that through moral choices, one makes oneself authentic or inauthentic. Therefore, conversion is a process in which one becomes more and more “open to thing as they are and to man as he should be.” Again, Lonergan stresses the dynamism of the human person: “in brief, the transcendental notion of the good so invites, presses, harries us, that we could rest only in an encounter with a goodness completely beyond its powers of criticism.” This implies what Lonergan ultimately concludes, that the human capacity for self-transcendence is only fully actualized in a state of “being-in-love with God.”
In examining Maslow’s idea of self-actualization and Lonergan’s notion of conversion, one can find much in common. Both are lifelong process through which one grows in self-knowledge and actualizes his potential, becoming a “better,” that is to say, more…

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