Terry Quinn
 General Secretary
     Robert Henman

Cosmopolis… “is concerned with the fundamental issue of the historical process. ….
The business of cosmopolis is to make operative the ideas that, in the light of the general bias of common sense, are inoperative.” Bernard Lonergan; CWL 3, University of Toronto Press, 1992. Page 263-4[239]


The Halifax N.S. gathering of July 6-10, 2009 focused on the topic “Functional Collaboration” in the sense meant by Lonergan in chapter 5 of Method in Theology. The focus was an amateurish version of the reflections that are to identify the group that is eventually to emerge as the members of the eighth functional specialty, called by Lonergan Communications but variously titled by others as Executive Reflection, Marketing, etc. Whatever title is to emerge as relatively definite, the properties of the operations of the group are those identified in section (8) of Method in Theology, p. 132.

The operations can also be associated with a part of the role to be played by “implementation’ in metaphysics, considered by Lonergan as a “conception, affirmation and implementation”. What became clear to the group was that this area of metaphysics has been neglected since the emergence of Insight. So, conception and affirmation, components of a larger implementation, were being carried forward without the feedback benefit of the concrete implementation identified above by (8), the result being a contraction of the original challenge intended by Lonergan in his reflections on Cosmopolis.

The implementation meant by the Halifax group, then, relates to the ad extra effectiveness of metaphysics, to the challenge of Cosmopolis, to the institutional realization of functional collaboration. This website is a place of virtual collaboration through the provision of a manner by which researchers can assist each other in the implementation of collaborative work.

Lonergan’s concern for the historical process produced over three decades [1935-1965] three central ideas that are still inoperative. In chronological summary, he provided an analysis of the business cycle, an analysis of the structure of human knowing, and an eight-fold method designed to implement his first two ideas. It is on this third discovery that this society is focused. The commitment is to support the initiation of functional collaboration in the various sciences, arts and technologies in a way that would lead to a new integral global care for evolutionary progress.

Books now available from Axial Publishing, 2016.

Seeding Global Collaboration, edited by Pat Brown & James Duffy, Axial Publishing, 2016. This book is a volume of papers presented at the 2014 Conference, Functional Collaboration in the Academy, at the University of British Columbia. The essays attempt to explore and advance Bernard Lonergan's central achievement, functional collaboration.

Global Collaboration: Neuroscience as Paradigmatic, Robert Henman, Axial Publishing, 2016. Three previously published articles on the New Science, Functional Collaboration.

The Allure of the Compelling Genius of History: Teaching Young Humans Humanity and Hope by Philip McShane, Axial Publishing, 2015, exploring the method of the slow emergence of a more adequate and authentic global caring.

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Philip McShane's latest book on the present heresy of pseudo-economics Profit: The Stupid View of President Donald Trump, Axial Publishing 2016 can be viewed and ordered at
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