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That, of course, is only my opinion on the matter, which I cannot force upon you; self-appropriation is something you do yourself. 6 Summary So much, then, for the general question, What is self-appropriation, and why bother about it? We noted that this type of talk is really much more difficult than self-appropriation itself, because we are talking around the subject. To work out the theory of how to make the egg stand on its end is much harder than giving the egg a little tap, as Columbus did, and 13 Peter Hoenen, 'De origine primorum principiorum scientiae,' Gregorianum 14 (1933) 153-84.

7: 'hoc quilibet in seipso experiri potest, quod quando aliquis conatur aliquid intelligere, format aliqua phantasmata sibi per modum exemplorum, in quibus quasi inspiciat quod intelligere studet' - one of Lonergan's favorite passages in Aquinas. ' Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan 28 Understanding and Being Figure 5 It was because of their suspicion about this case of what seemed to be just as good an insight as those regarding the intersecting circles and the external angle that mathematicians first discovered that you can have a completely coherent geometry, and hold that, even if the angles are both right angles, the two lines will intersect.

In other words, this business of self-appropriation is not a simple matter of moving in and finding the functionally operative tendencies that ground ideals. It is also a matter of pulling out the inadequate ideals that may be already existent and operative in us. There is a conflict, there is an existential element, there is a question of the subject, and it is a personal question that will not be the same for everyone. Everyone will have his own difficulties. There is an advantage, then, to having a seminar on the subject.

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