McKelvey, Charles
August 1984
Humanity & Society;Aug84, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p283
Academic Journal
The article presents a discussion on the formulation of an understanding of the process of knowing appropriate for a humanist sociology. This formulation could be understood as a reconstruction of the analysis of Catholic Sociology. According to Catholic Sociology, conclusions from philosophy, theology and ethics could legitimately be taken as premises in sociology. Accordingly, they attempted the integration of sociology and Catholic social philosophy in order to construct a Catholic Sociology. They maintained that such integration of values and sociology was common in American sociology, except that it was typically done implicitly and without conscious reflection. Moreover, Catholic Sociologists maintained that values are capable of objective verification. As a result, they maintained that the integration of Catholic social philosophy with sociology did not render sociology less objective. The article attempts to formulate a cognitional theory which is much influenced by the Catholic philosopher Bernard Lonergan. As such, it is an effort to renew the task of Catholic Sociology, in that it seeks a formulation of sociological practice informed by Catholic philosophy.


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