By A. B McKillop

ISBN-10: 0773521410

ISBN-13: 9780773521414

Targeting the idea of Canada's significant scientists, philosophers, and clerics - males similar to William Dawson and Daniel Wilson, John Watson and W.D. LeSeur, G.M. supply and Salem Bland - A Disciplined Intelligence starts by way of reconstructing the important strands of highbrow and ethical orthodoxy favourite in Anglo-Canadian schools at the eve of the Darwinian revolution. those comprise Scottish logic philosophy and the typical theology of William Paley. The harmful effect of evolutionary principles on that orthodoxy and the foremost exponents of the recent varieties of social evolution - Spencerian and Hegelian alike - are tested intimately. through the 20th century the centre of Anglo-Canadian suggestion were remodeled by way of what had develop into a brand new, evolutionary orthodoxy. The legacy of this effective highbrow flow, British idealism, was once large. It helped to break Protestant denominationalism, give you the philosophical center of the social gospel circulate, and represent an important strength in the back of the construction of the United Church of Canada. in the course of the 19th century and carrying on with into the 20 th, although, the ethical central in Anglo-Canadian concept remained a continuing presence.

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In a remote corner of Canada West, a decade after Arnold had unburdened his mind to Clough, a settler named Mrs. Holiwell sent a piece entitled "The Poetry of Every-Day Life" to the British American Magazine. "This is a sceptical age/' she wrote, "in mundane things as in heavenly, nothing is taken for granted, or received without inquiry. . "3 Like Arnold, Mrs. Holiwell was by no means a reactionary, simply digging in her heels against any and all social change. She found it in fact delightful when the critical spirit of the age helped to alleviate specific religious, social, or political grievances.

Harold Innis, "The Penetrative Powers of the Price System" quoted in Robert E. D. dissertation, University of Alberta, 1998), 1-2 Donald Wright to A. B. D. dissertation, McMaster University, 2000), 169 A Disciplined Intelligence They change their skies but not their minds who cross the sea in ships. Seneca This page intentionally left blank 1 Education and Intellect Religion has not confined itself to enriching the human intellect, formed beforehand, with a certain number of ideas; it has contributed to forming the intellect itself.

Science creeps, while religion expands the wing and soars. " It is in fact a commentary on the purposes of lecture rooms in general, and its selection by Ryerson indicates something of his ambivalence as to the relationship between the intellectual and moral faculties, between scientific inquiry and the "piety of feeling" which for him constituted the essence of the educational experience. " All other subjects in the curriculum—classics, history, geography, astronomy, mathematics, and so forth—were to lead up to this.

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