Bernard Lonergan's ecomic writings span forty years and contain ideas that differ radically from those of his contemporaries. His theory of macroecomic dynamics was developed through the 1930s and 1940s, culminating in the composition of For a New Political Ecomy (1942) and An Essay in Circulation Analysis (1944). In Lonergan's Discovery of the Science of Ecomics, Michael Shute uses archival material in order to examine the influence of Lonergan's early work in methodology, social philosophy, and theology on the development of his ecomic theory. Shute traces the development of Lonergan's ecomic ideas from the late 1920s to the publication of his significant ecomic works in the 1940s. Together with its companion volume, Lonergan's Early Ecomic Research, this volume outlines the process behind one of the great intellectual discoveries of the twentieth century and uncovers Lonergan's framework for a genuine science of ecomics.
Michael Shute is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland.