Professor Thomas Farrell has provided an interesting commentary proposing that Marshall McLuhan was influenced by the Canadian Jesuit scholar Bernard Lonergan in his writing of Understanding Media (1964), regarded by many as his most important book. Specifically, he writes below that McLuhan “almost certainly had been influenced by Lonergan’s inward turn of consciousness [in his Insight: A Study of Human Understanding (1957)], at least to a certain extent”. Dr.
Farrell is correct in asserting that no McLuhan scholar appears to have explored the possible connection between these two intellectual giants, who were located physically on the University of Toronto campus at the same time, between 1965 and 1975, when Lonergan was at St. Regis College; the latter is a short block south of St. Michael’s College and McLuhan’s Centre for Culture and Technology. Lonergan isn’t even mentioned in the two biographies of McLuhan (Marchand, 1989) and Gordon (1997) and he…
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