Examining the difficulties of conflict resolution, Transforming Conflict through Insight demonstrates how applying Bernard Lonergan's philosophy of insight to mediation can lead to more productive and constructive negotiations. Kenneth R. Melchin and Cheryl A. Picard provide both an overview of conflict research and an introduction to Lonergan's "insight theory," offering an outstanding piece of ethical philosophy and a useful method of mediation.
Introducing readers to a method of self-discovery, the different kinds of operations involved in learning, and the role of feelings and values in shaping interactions with others in conflict, this volume also includes the practical experience of mediators who detail strategies of insight mediation for working creatively through conflict. Attending to the important role played by transformative learning in navigating conflicts, the authors show how insights and learning can move people past obstacles caused by feelings of threat.
Informative, compassionate, and convincing, Transforming Conflict through Insight is a welcome resource for working to resolve difficulties in an ethical and educational manner.
About the authors
Kenneth R. Melchin is a professor in the Faculty of Theology and Director of the Lonergan Centre at Saint Paul University.
Dr. Cheryl A. Picard is an educator, mediator, trainor, and consultant specializing in the areas of conflict management and mediation. Since 1978, she has been promoting and developing mediation programs on the belief that if managed correctly, conflict can be healthy and productive as well as enhance relationships. Working with public and private sector groups, she has mediated many one-on-one, small, and large group conflicts. Dr. Picard teaches at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in the Department of Law.