Theological Foundations: Intentionality and Psyche - Vol. 1

Theological Foundations: Intentionality and Psyche - Vol. 1

Theological Foundations: Intentionality and Psyche - Vol. 1

Theological Foundations: Intentionality and Psyche - Vol. 1

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It was with some reluctance that I began in 1991 to edit many of my previously published essays, in response to requests from students and others that these papers be made more accessible. But then Andrew Tallon of Marquette University Press approached me and asked whether he could publish a collection of my articles, and then I knew that the work of editing them had not been in vain. I am very grateful.

Reviews of Theology and the Dialectics of History (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990) and some of the responses I have received to the book in letters from readers and in comments from students have asked for further clarification on the crucial theorem of psychic conversion, and especially on its history in my thinking, and for further data that would enable readers to relate my position on society and culture to other social and hermeneutical theories. The essays in this first volume (except for the short paper with which the book concludes) trace the development of the notion of psychic conversion through the 1970s, and most of those in volume 2 show the shift to social concerns that occupied much of my attention in the 980s. As most reviewers of Theology and the Dialectics of History have seen, the link between the psychological and social dimensions of the book is intimate. The whole of my position on the structure of society and culture hangs or falls on the affirmation of intentionality . . .

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