A Disciplined Intelligence: Critical Inquiry and Canadian by A. B McKillop

By A. B McKillop

Targeting the idea of Canada's significant scientists, philosophers, and clerics - males comparable to William Dawson and Daniel Wilson, John Watson and W.D. LeSeur, G.M. provide and Salem Bland - A Disciplined Intelligence starts off through reconstructing the imperative strands of highbrow and ethical orthodoxy generic in Anglo-Canadian schools at the eve of the Darwinian revolution. those contain Scottish logic philosophy and the traditional theology of William Paley. The damaging impression of evolutionary principles on that orthodoxy and the main exponents of the hot kinds of social evolution - Spencerian and Hegelian alike - are tested intimately. by means of the 20th century the centre of Anglo-Canadian idea have been reworked through what had turn into a brand new, evolutionary orthodoxy. The legacy of this successful highbrow circulate, British idealism, used to be colossal. It helped to ruin Protestant denominationalism, give you the philosophical center of the social gospel circulation, and represent an important strength in the back of the construction of the United Church of Canada. during the 19th century and carrying on with into the 20th, even if, the ethical relevant in Anglo-Canadian notion remained a relentless presence.

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This had not been true earlier. "11 A dissertation by Leonard Kuffert, similar in substance and theme to that of Philip Massolin, focuses on the inter-relationship of elite and popular culture from the Second World War onward. In "'A Secret Understanding': Critical Responses to 'Modern Life' and Mass Culture in English Canada, 1939-1963" (2000), Kuffert focuses on the difficulties Canadian cultural critics faced in attempting to maintain an "authentic" Canadian culture in the xxx Introduction to the Carleton Library Edition face of the mechanization of culture found in popular media and in advertising for the masses.

It is a spirit of intellectual might and energy, but of religious indifference. There is a rage for novelty and innovation,—a fondness for speculation and theory,—an extreme aversion to be guided by the revealed Word of the Living God.. . 5 Here, with regard to the critical intellect, can be noticed a difference between the experience of Matthew Arnold and that of many Anglo-Canadians of the nineteenth century. Arnold's mind was witness to a conflict between the claims of the critical intellect and the moral imagination.

Linked to Introduction to the Carleton Library Edition xxxi them should be Canadian historians such as those already noted, concerned as they are with the interconnection of the spiritual, intellectual, and political dimensions of their country. If, in whatever ways, A Disciplined Intelligence has helped them on their journeys, it will have served its purpose well. A. B. McKillop Ottawa, February 2001 Notes 1. S. F. Wise, "Sermon Literature and Canadian Intellectual History," The Bulletin of the United Church of Canada Archives 18 (1965), in S.

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