56 Jurist 25 (1996)
Law and Insight

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LAW AND INSIGHT
FREDERICK E. CROWE, S.J.*
Law and insight are two areas of study that have been for many years
the interest of the scholar we are honoring in this volume. His interest
in law, of course, needs no proof or documentation. His interest in
insight, and in the cognitional theory of Bernard Lonergan in general,
is probably not so well known, but it is one that I share with him, and
so I venture a little way into the unknown to try to relate these two
interests of Fr. Orsy and to carry forward a line of thought that has
engaged his attention through most of his career.' Whatever be the
success or failure of my own venture, I am confident that the topic itself
is close to the center of his concerns, and will not be alien to the
purpose of this volume.
The study I propose to make will unfold in the following steps:
(1) the general role of insight in human living, (2) the role of insight in
the sphere of human action, and (3) the role of insight in the realm of
* S.T.D. (Gregorian University, 1953); Cofounder, Lonergan Research Institute,
Toronto, Canada.
1 See, for example, the following references in Fr. Orsy's writings: The Canons
on Ecclesiastical Laws Revisited: Glossae on Canons 8-24, THE JURIST 37 (1977)
112-159; How to Relate Theology and Canon Law, Origins 22/32 (January 21, 1993)
549-552; Legal Judgment and Legal Education: Philosophical Reflections and Prac-
tical Suggestions, THE JURIST 38 (1978) 1-47; Lonergan's Cognitional Theory and
Foundational Issues in Canon Law: Method, Philosophy and Law, Theology and Canon
Law, Studia Canonica 13 (1979) 177-243; The Meaning of Novus Habitus Mentis:
The Search for New Horizons, THE JURIST 48 (1988) 529-547. There are other articles
showing Lonergan's influence; there are several reviews of Lonergan literature; there
are bibliographical comments on this literature in his own book, The Evolving Church
and the Sacrament of Penance (Denville, NJ: Dimension Books, 1978) 199, 202, 206-
207, 209; there is his book, Blessed Are Those Who Have Questions (Denville, NJ:
Dimension Books, 1976); and most of all, there is his most recent book, Theology and
Canon Law: New Horizons for Legislation and Interpretation (Collegeville, MN: Li-
turgical Press, 1992).

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