In cosmopolis work, there is a fundamental need to expand the horizons and intentions of the participants while permitting people to pursue their own special interests within the broader context. This requires a certain degree of moral courage, since more often than not this involves stepping outside of one's comfort zone.
There are four basic types of reading:
- Being able to read a sentence.
- An inspectional reading (skimming): is this book worth the time and effort of a detailed reading?
- An analyitical reading: mastering the book.
- A synoptical reading: studying several books on the same theme.
What follows are pages of readings chosen for their potential to expand a person's horizon, not necessary to provide a knowledge of a field but to raise questions that perhaps the reader has neither considered or if recognized not taken seriously.
Eventually, each suggested reading will be expanded to include quick answers to five distinct questions:
- Type of book? Each work falls into a specific category, each with their own modes of inquiry. Novels differ from philosophical works; theology from social psychology; histories from mathematics, and so forth.
- To what transdisciplinary category does it apply? Images of the past, the future, of man, or of social reality? Institutions? Power, authority, influence? (See the folder titled "Schematic: A Transdisciplinary Framework"for a list of the sixteen basic socio-economic variables.)
- How would you describe the contexts of the book? Providing a abstract.for those who might find a more detailed reading of interest.
- What is the dialectic within which the author organizes his or her work? A brief description of the issue behind the book.
- What about the author?
Projects: Inspectional Readings
Entering Lonergan's Novum Organon
People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own souls.
— Carl Jung,
Memories, Dreams, Reflections