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Collected Works of George Grant

Collected Works of George Grant: Volume 1 (1933-1950)

Arthur Davis
Peter Emberley
Volume: 1
Copyright Date: 2000
Pages: 496
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    Collected Works of George Grant
    Book Description:

    Included are Grant's early reviews, a brief journal written as he recovered from tuberculosis in 1942, his earliest social and political writings, and his DPhil thesis on the Scottish philosopher John Oman.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7305-2
    Subjects: Philosophy, Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Permissions
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Chronology: George Grant’s Life
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  6. Editorial Introduction: The Collected Works of George Grant
    (pp. xv-xx)
    Arthur Davis and Peter Emberley

    Dalhousie students in the 1950s regularly saw George Grant leaving the library with an armload of books piled literally to his nose, heading for his home on the edge of the campus. The volumes not only were from philosophy and theology, but covered a bewildering sweep of subjects, including history, politics, economics, science, and biography, as well as poetry, novels in English and French, and mystery stories. The same intensity that drove him to read so widely made classes with him come alive. Students sensed a fire within him. He obviously did not treat the academic life as detached from...

  7. Introduction to Volume 1: 1933–1950
    (pp. xxi-xxxviii)
    Arthur Davis

    George Parkin Grant was born in Toronto on 13 November 1918 to William Grant and Maude Parkin.¹ His father and grandfathers had all been leading figures in Canadian education. His father, William Lawson Grant (1872–1935), had held professorships in history at both Oxford and Queen’s Universities before becoming principal of Upper Canada College (UCC; a private boys’ school) in 1917, a position he held until his death. George Monro Grant (1835–1902), his paternal grandfather, had been principal of Queen’s from 1877 until his death, and his mother’s father, Sir George Parkin (1846–1922), had been a predecessor as...

  8. Queen’s University:: 1937-1939

    • Review of Grey of Fallodon by George Macaulay Trevelyan, OM
      (pp. 3-5)

      After the indiscriminate propaganda of the war had subsided with the declaration of peace in 1918, the historians of the world tried to discover what really were the causes of the cataclysm which had just ended. This search for the basic facts which underlay the seemingly simple outbreak of war was quickened by the insertion of a clause in the Treaty of Versailles stating Germany’s guilt. Immediately, in a definite reaction, the historians of the world and particularly Germany tried to vindicate the honour of the defeated country. In the process of this vindication, much criticism was levelled at the...

    • Review of The Higher Learning in Americaby Robert Maynard Hutchins
      (pp. 6-8)

      Robert Maynard Hutchins the American educational revolutionist was appointed President of the University of Chicago at the age of twenty-nine. Writing copiously on the educational problems of all ages, he has now produced his ‘credo’ on university education in America.

      The Higher Learning in Americais a concise catechism in less than one hundred and fifty pages. Hutchins believes primarily that young men and women are not trained to think but rather to get a job. Their minds (I should say our minds) are filled with myriads of detail of a purely temporary nature and no equipment is given them...

    • Art and Propaganda
      (pp. 9-11)

      No art is more completely convincing than that in which the artist sets out with a unity of subject that will not allow complexity to shadow the central theme of his work. It is this unflinching directness that makes the portrait of a fanatical cardinal by El Greco more powerful than the fleshy and innocuous females of Rubens. Beethoven, by the emphatic use of a strong motif, achieves the grandeur that Wagner misses in his passionate incoherence. In alternating this purposeful simplicity, the artist becomes so inculcated with his own form of expression that he tends to become intolerant of...

    • Review of Searchlight on Spainby the Duchess of Atholl, MP
      (pp. 12-14)

      The Duchess of Atholl follows directly in line from Gladstone in that she believes that moral right is the fundamental aim in human relations.² With a strong tradition of landed aristocracy behind her, she had still the basic judgment of the true British Conservative so that she realized where the ethical right lay in the Spanish conflict, even if that realization entailed the throwing over of her own selfish class-interest. After her journey through Spain as an English Conservative Member of Parliament, she returned to England to writeSearchlight on Spainto counteract the mercenary or fanatical propagandists of fascism...

  9. Journal, Autumn 1942
    (pp. 17-38)

    Last night in the interval of mental wandering before sleep I decided to keep a journal – partly for the sake of recording events but mostly for the practice in permanence it would give me – the discipline. So here it is – I don't know what caused the mood last night but it was as if suddenly the sickness that had enveloped me since 1940 was over. I knew that all the usual weaknesses of character – frustrations – etc. would continue – God how can one conquer them – but that the utter sense of defeat was gone....

  10. Untitled Poem
    (pp. 39-40)
  11. Canadian Association for Adult Education:: 1943–1945

    • Food for Thought columns: 1943–1945
      (pp. 43-73)

      Have you ever started a snowball down a slope, and seen it become the size of a cannon ball? This is rather like the momentum and size that theCitizen’s Forum on Canada in the Post-War Worldis gaining as it rolls along. All across Canada, the response has been more enthusiastic than we had dared to hope. This response has shown, if anyone needed proof, that the people of Canada are deeply concerned with thoughts of tomorrow. They want to learn more of the facts, and to express their opinion on the problems. It has demonstrated, too, that literally...

    • Canada – An Introduction to a Nation
      (pp. 74-90)

      A person coming to Canada for the first time may well ask what kind of country he has arrived in. If he has passed through the United States on the way here, he may feel that the Canadians he meets are much the same as Americans and may wonder why they don’t all belong to the same country. On the other hand, when he hears ‘God Save the King’ so generally played and sees the Union Jack so proudly flown, he may wonder whether this is not merely a British colony controlled from England. Let him, however, mention either of...

    • ‘Integration through Education’ – Review of The Universities Look for Unity by John Ulric Nef
      (pp. 91-93)
      George Grant

      This short pamphlet by the professor of economic history at the University of Chicago has particular significance for the adult educationalist. For however much we have come to think that our chief job is to compete with David-Sarnoff² and Samuel Goldwyn,³ we must still look to the universities to help us find some sane and moral content for our teaching. However much we busy ourselves with techniques for getting ideas across to the community we serve, what ideas we intend to get across will continue to be the more vital question to interest us. Healthy universities are the places for...

    • ‘The Failure of Nerve’ – Review of The Machiavellians by James Burnham
      (pp. 94-96)
      George Grant

      This is the fitting and necessary successor to the author’s earlier bookThe Managerial Revolution.For where the first book described the next stage in the development of human society (the revolution by the managers), this one is an exposition of his general theory of history, as it has evolved through the ages. This theory of history, in barest outline, is that mankind is divided always and irrevocably into two divisions: first, a small minority of energetic rulers; second, a lazy mass of dull ruled. The character of any given civilization is always found in the character of its particular...

    • The Empire: Yes or No?
      (pp. 97-126)

      The origin of Canada as a nation is in the British North America Act. And in the name of that Act we see indeed the main forces that have shaped our country. British, yes, and North American too; and from the amalgam of these two influences has come the Canada of today. The particular Canadianism, that we feel from the grey streets of Halifax to the foothills near Banff, from the wide horizons of the prairies to the lakes and rivers of Algonquin Park, has been created from these two sources. Yes, Canada as a nation can truly be called...

    • ‘Have We a Canadian Nation?’
      (pp. 127-136)

      What is it that makes a nation? How is it formed? From what elements does it get its peculiar character? In any attempt at analysis, one inevitably finds that a nation is compounded out of so many parts, woven together in so many strands, existent because of so many interdependent factors, that it is impossible to determine exactly what gives it its cohesive strength. Race (if there is such a thing), language certainly, geographical area, long remembrance of life under a distinctive form of government (this is not always there), love of common traditions and beliefs, a solid core of...

    • Review of Canada and the World Tomorrow edited by Violet Anderson
      (pp. 137-140)
      George Grant

      Reports of conferences are often deadly dull. The speeches that stirred the hearers so nobly when given from the platform seem dismally uninspired on the printed page. This report of the Institute of Public Affairs at Couchiching in 1944, is, however, a pleasant exception. It is not dull, nor, fortunately, does it try to be inspiring! It is full of useful fact and basic interpretation that will prove invaluable to those who are attempting to develop a reasonable judgment of what is happening inside Canada and abroad.

      Above all, its main contribution is that it deals with practical problems in...

    • Letter to the Editor: ‘Cheers and Jeers!’
      (pp. 141-144)

      Your editorial on ‘Ideas and the People’ in the March issue ofFood for Thoughtseems to me to employ a time-worn and tedious device, that of putting up a dummy which has existence only in your own mind, knocking it down, and saying ‘Ahah! that proves my case.’ The dummy, of course, is the person who wants to teach ideas completely detached from life. I don’t think there are any people left in Canada among the educators who want to do that. And by knocking down this mythical ivory tower educator you try and convince your readers that you...

  12. Reviews:: Oxford and Dalhousie 1948

    • Review of The Philosophy of Francis Bacon by F.H. Anderson
      (pp. 147-148)
      George Grant

      Today we are faced with the paradoxical situation where the mob accepts as its priesthood those men we call scientists, when at the same time this very priesthood leads the mob shouting to the cliff. It is therefore extremely provoking to read a study of the thought of Francis Bacon, who, as much as any other, stimulated men to that study of nature, which on the one hand has given us ether and penicillin, and on the other hand mass production and scientific war. One may be allowed to say in the present journal that it is especially interesting to...

    • Review of The Pickersgill Letters: 1934–43 edited by George Ford
      (pp. 149-150)

      These are the letters of a young Canadian who in the war of 1939–45 worked gallantly for the French underground and was found at the end of the war beaten and tortured on a butcher’s hook at Buchenwald. They are the record of the pilgrimage of this North American, from the easy hopeful years in the 1930s as a student at the University of Manitoba, to his full decision for prodigious courage before the evil and horror of the war of the 1940s. The letters are in the simple terms one uses for letters home and to one’s friends,...

    • Review of The Function of a University by R.S. Seeley
      (pp. 151-154)
      George Grant

      This short book is both sensible and middle of the road. All the right and proper attitudes about universities are solemnly and solidly upheld. One may well believe that if one took a poll on education from university teachers, found its common denominator, and put it into pleasant literary form, one would be close to this book. The perplexing questions, general to all our universities, are carefully raised. How can the calibre of work be maintained, when the democratic community says that, on the one hand, all should be worthy of the opportunity of a university education and, on the...

  13. DPhil Thesis: Oxford 1950 The Concept of Nature and Supernature in the Theology of John Oman
    (pp. 157-420)

    Grant took up the topic of John Oman at the suggestion of A.D. Lindsay, the Master of Balliol. Grant said in a 1945 letter that he considered the topic ‘a pin’ on which he could hang his two years of reading Descartes, Plato, Aristotle, Calvin, Luther, St Thomas, Marx, Freud, and his favourite of the moment, Pascal.¹ The main body of the work was written after his first two years of teaching at Dalhousie University (1947–9), and he finished the writing in England during a leave of absence in the summer of 1949, when he was thirty years old. L.W....

  14. Appendix 1: Upper Canada College, 1993–1936
    (pp. 421-423)
  15. Appendix 2: Excerpts from Citizens’ Forum Program Study Bulletins, 1943–1944
    (pp. 424-458)
  16. Appendix 3: Radio and Television Broadcasts by George Grant – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
    (pp. 459-467)
  17. Appendix 4: Editorial and Textual Principles and Methods Applied in Volume 1
    (pp. 468-472)
  18. Index
    (pp. 473-501)