Writings of Tad Dunne

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Below are materials under four headings:

Guidelines for Students





Contemplation: The Catholic Tradition

A luncheon presentation to faculty and staff at Siena Heights University, with special attention to the Dominican heritage. 6 pages + notes.

Boundary Crossers

A lecture given to graduating seniors at Siena Heights University. 8 pages.




Being a Teen

A guide for teenagers to know "how to be" and "how not to be." 14 pages.

Guilt and Healing

Three distinct kinds of guilt, and their corresponding kinds of healing, based on the works of the Freudian psychologists Karen Horney and Claudio Naranjo.
9 pages.

Image of God in Death

Eight questions about what God is like, given the reality that we all die. Based on the life of Matty Ventresca, who was born with half a heart, and died at nine years old. 38 pages.


Extremism in Ignatius Loyola

An account of how Ignatius keen sense of moderation in practical matters was the fruit of an extreme vigilance over interior movements of thoughts and feelings. 11 pages.

Realism in Ignatius Loyola

An account of how Ignatius' intellectual realism grounded his sense of objectivity and enabled him to identify "grace," "thoughts," and "desire" as key categories in a spiritual theology. 16 pages.

Rules for Discerning Inspirations

Rules for testing which interior inspirations are likely from God and which are not. 6 pages.

Rules for Discerning Stories

Rules for testing which stories represent the movements of God in history and which do not. 4 pages.

Spirituality and the Arts

A correspondence over several years with Jerry Graham, SJ, about spirituality and the arts, with particular emphasis on Jesuit spirituality. 77 pages.

Spiritual Wisdom in the Letters of St. Ignatius

A collection of passages from the letters of St. Ignatius Loyola. 19 pages.



Philosophy / Theology

Various Lectures

Critical Thinking

Based on an assertion that people do not want to think. Developed with emphasis on the four biases identified by Lonergan, plus a bias of "secularism." 11 pages.


An analysis of the functions of desire as it relates to spirituality. Originally published in The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, ed. Michael Downey. Liturgical Press, 1993, pp. 265-269.


An analysis of the meaning of "experience" as it relates to spirituality. Originally published in The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, ed. Michael Downey. Liturgical Press, 1993, pp. 365-377

A Philosophy of Art

An analysis of how artists make artistic decisions and how these decisions can be affected by biases. 34 pages.

Science & Religion

An account of the emergence of modern science and how the knowledge it brings relates to religious knowledge. Particular emphasis is given on how the human sciences affect people's ordinary religious beliefs. 10 pages.

The Question of God

How the question of God arises from wonder about our historicity, our nature, our personal existence, and our religion. 13 pages.

Technology & the Human Condition - Lectures & History

Thirteen lectures, including "The History of Technology & the Human Condition" and illustrations by the author. 97 pages.


Christian Theological Ethics

A brief history covering (I) Scripture (2) Turn to Philosophy, (3) Ethical Systems, (4) Faith & Works, (5) Turn to the Subject, and (6) 20th Century Issues. 55 pages.

Doing Better: The Next Revolution in Ethics

Marquette University Press, 2010

Table of Contents

Study Guide with references to
The Lonergan Reader
(University of Toronto Press, 1997).

Exercises for noticing the norms in consciousness. Part of an effort to provide a common ground for assessing any ethical principles and moral views.

A Glossary of Ethics

Definitions of basic terms. 12 pages

Method in Ethics

An extension of Lonergan's generalized empirical method into the field of ethics. 97 pages.

Moral Objectivity

A discussion of what objectivity means in moral opinions and decisions.
20 pages

The Next Revolution in Ethics

Text of a presentation on the revolution that a generalized empirical method can bring about in ethics. 9 pages.

Studies on Lonergan

Lonergan's Method

An entry in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Covers the main ideas in Lonergan's works, with special emphasis on ethics. 29 pages.

Lonergan's Method in Theology

A short introduction for students. 8 pages.

Lonergan: Sources of Key Terms

A list of 61 key terms, followed by the main primary sources. 9 pages.


Guidelines for Students

The Adult Learner

Seventeen lectures for adult learners. Topics include Intelligent Learning, SMART Planning, Academic Engagement, Faith &Learning, Images of God, Literacy, Notetaking, Tests & Grades, Critical Thinking, and Critical Healing.
100 pages

Academic Writing

Promotes the ideal of "engagement." Presents instructors' criteria for evaluating student papers. Summarizes rules for citations. 8 pages

Clear Writing

13 tips for writing clearly and effectively. 7 pages

Online Discussions

Guidelines for asynchronous, online discussions. 5 pages.

Onground Discussions

Guidelines for classroom discussions. 1 page.

Organizing the Essay

Guidelines for ensuring that essays follow the assignment directives, with examples. 3 pages.