Process, Insight, and Empirical Method
Argument for the Compatibility of the Philosophies of Alfred North
Whitehead and Bernard J. F. Lonergan and Its Implications for
Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of the Divinity School, The
University of Chicago, for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
Thomas Hosinski, C.S.C.
I wish to thank Don S. Browning and David Tracy for serving as readers
for my dissertation. This task called for no small investment of their
time, and I am grateful for their generosity. David Tracy’s interest in
particular has meant much to me.
I am especially grateful to Langdon B. Gilkey, who served as my
dissertation adviser. No words can adequately convey my gratitude and
indebtedness to him for the time, labor, and care which he so generously
invested in studying and commenting on the first draft of this
manuscript. In more than one place his guidance kept my reflection from
going astray, and throughout the entire process of research and writing,
his advice, direction, and continuous support have been of inestimable
value to me. He has been totally selfless in sharing with me, as he
does with all his students, the fruits of his wisdom, his learning, and
his faith. The experience of studying under him has a richness of depth
far surpassing all ability of language to express and making it a
privilege, an honor, and a joy to learn from him. For me, he is a
revelation of the most profound meaning of the name “teacher.”
Finally, I must thank my good friend and colleague, Rev. Jeffrey G.
Sobosan, C.S.C., presently chairman of the Department of Theology at the
University of Portland, Oregon, for his constant encouragement and
support over the years it took me to bring this project to completion.
His gifts of humor, understanding, patience, wisdom, and selfless
concern enrich my daily experience and have sustained me through many
trying times. His creative and sustaining presence in my life makes
possible what otherwise might not be.
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