The non-Euclideans moved geometry back to **premises more remote** than Euclid’s axioms, they developed methods of their own quite unlike Euclid’s, and though they did not impugn Euclid’s theorems, neither were they very interested in them; casually and incidentally they turn them up as particular cases in an enlarged and radically different field. … Einstein went beyond Newton by employing the new geometries to make time an independent variable; and as Newton transformed the formulation and interpretation of Kepler’s laws, so Einstein transforms the Newtonian laws of motion. … It is, we believe, a **scientific generalization of the old political economy and of modern economics **that will yield the **new political economy **which we need. … Plainly **the way out is through a more general field**. … It is the broad generalization. the **significant correlation**, that effectively organizes free men without breaking down their freedom. [CWL 21, 6-8]

(One can) determine in advance certain **general attributes** of the object under investigation. So the **methods of the empirical sciences** rest on the anticipation of **systems of laws, of ideal frequencies, of genetic operators, of dialectical tensions.** [CWL 3, 634/657]

**“Functional”** is a technical term pertaining to the realm of **explanation, analysis, theory**; it does not mean “who does what” in some commonsense realm of activity … Lonergan (identified) the contemporary notion of a **“function”** as one of the most basic kinds of **explanatory, implicit definition** – one that specifies **“things in their relations to one another”**…In Lonergan’s **circulation analysis**, **the basic terms are rates** – rates of productive activities and rates of payments. The objective of the analysis is to discover **the underlying intelligible and indeed dynamic (accelerative) network** of **functional, mutually conditioning, and interdependent relationships** of these **rates to one another**. [CWL 15, 26-27 ftnt 27]