Category: Political Philosophy

The Canadian High Tory Political Vision

Ron Dart. University of the Fraser Valley. 2018 What are the principles and content of historic Anglo-Canadian High Toryism and how can such a vision take us beyond the malaise of modernity? The philosophical and political roots of historic Toryism go deep and thick into the well watered soil of western culture, and space prevents…

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Gorgias Revisited: Censorship and Surveillance Capitalism in Canada

GORGIAS: “When I say there’s nothing better, Socrates, that is no more than the truth. It is responsible for personal freedom and enables an individual to gain political power in his community.”  SOCRATES: “Yes, but what is it?” GORGIAS: “I’m talking about using the spoken word to persuade – to persuade the jurors in the…

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Gandhi and Grant: Deeper Nationalisms

“The greatest figure of our era, Gandhi, was interested in public actions and in political liberty, but he knew that the right direction of that action had to be based on knowledge of reality-with all the discipline and order and study that that entailed.”                      …

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George Grant: Owls and the Wild Hunt: High Toryism and Conservatism

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George Grant and the Anglican Church of Canada: A 20th Century Prophet

Grant was, in short, calling Christians to be fully bilingual; they had to know how to speak both the language of revelation and the language of reason if they were ever to communicate meaningfully to the church and the world. But, much hinged, of course, on what is meant by reason. It is this issue that led Grant to Plato and Heidegger. Their views of reason were quite different from the scholastic, empirical and Cartesian notions of reason that had so thinned out the older and deeper classical notions of reason as a contemplative and mystical faculty and organ at the seat of the heart and soul.

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