Brendan is an executive coach and sociodramatist in private practice in Melbourne. He includes inter-developmental assessments in both his sociodrama and his executive coaching practice to complement role analysis. He is currently researching developing Action Research Methodology in Philosophy of Difference and Complex Process and Social Emancipation in Continental Philosophy.
Brendan was director of a successful engineering company for 20 years that provided technical writing services to the power and water infrastructure industry. Brendan was also director of a successful psychotherapy and counselling service for 5 years delivering low-cost services to community. He is a full Member of AANZPA and of PACFA.
A member of the Uniting Church of Australia, Brendan has served on various chaplaincy and local congregations committees. He has academic degree qualifications in; Engineering, Organisation Behaviour and Theology.
Description: This presentation builds the case Enlightened Common Sense as Dialectic Critical Realism (DCR) enables better inter-disciplinary theology-science and science-theology discourse and thus creates good sense. Dialectic Critical Realism is a very useful means for conceptualising, analysing and explicating meta-knowledge – knowledge as to how we know what we know – and therefore a means for grounding possible-worlds for science and theology as polysemic ontology.
The main proponent of Critical Realism as Dialectic Critical Realism is Oxford-trained Dr Roy Bhaskar who takes a trans-processual approach to formulating knowledge acquisition. Bhaskar, in moves similar to Bernard Lonergan, uses transcendental argument to ground scientific and theological postulations and test the validity of claims as alethic (un-covered \ well-founded) knowledge. DCR conceives we humans acquire knowing in three ways. Critical Naturalism (CR) encapsulates means of doing natural science (hard sciences of physics etc.), DCR encapsulates means of performing Social Science (soft sciences of cultural studies etc.), and meta-reality (M-R) encapsulates appreciating human reflexivity (awareness and consciousness experimentation etc.)
Bhaskar makes the case that all three means of knowing (CN + DCR + M-R), when considered separately and together, amount to a spiritual turn. This spiritual turn, when viewed as political-theology limits of human emancipation, is not indistinct from what also amounts to a ‘theological turn’.
Truth for Bhaskar is alethic; by which he means, truth makes plain (uncovers) foundations from which we can go about our day-to-day activities confident that we can discover means for increasing human emancipation. To that extent (and as more than a matheme), DCR is an exegesis of Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”