Collected Works of George Grant

Collected Works of George Grant: (1960-1969)

Arthur Davis
Henry Roper
Volume: 3
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 770
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3138/9781442673076
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    Collected Works of George Grant
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    In this, the third volume of theCollected Works of George Grant, editors Arthur Davis and Henry Roper have gathered together Grant?s work from the 1960s, when he was a professor at Hamilton, Ontario?s McMaster University.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7307-6
    Subjects: Philosophy, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Permissions
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. Chronology: George Grant’s Life
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
  6. Introduction to Volume 3: 1960–1969
    (pp. xvii-2)

    George Grant was forty-one when he resigned his position as George Munro professor of philosophy at Dalhousie University, having accepted an offer from President Murray Ross to chair the philosophy department of the newly founded York University. Almost immediately he gave up the York appointment over matters of principle involving control of its philosophy department by the University of Toronto. Without an academic post, he moved with his wife and six children to Toronto in September 1960, earning a living for the following year as a writer and editor for the Institute for Philosophical Research in San Francisco, headed by...

  7. Two Letters to Murray Ross, President of York University
    (pp. 3-8)

    Grant bought a house at 132 Farnham Avenue in Toronto with a loan from the newly founded York University. He was planning to move with his family sometime in the summer after the 1959–60 term at Dalhousie, expecting to take up his appointment teaching philosophy at York in the fall. He wrote two letters to President Ross that explain why he felt compelled to resign. He objected to control of the York curriculum by the University of Toronto. Grant wanted his reasons for resigning to be made public at the time.

    Both letters appear in William Christian, ed.,George...

  8. Convocation Address Given at St John’s College, Winnipeg
    (pp. 9-19)

    Grant delivered this address to the Convocation at St John’s College, the Anglican college in Winnipeg, on 1 November 1960. It was not published. He was considering the possibility of a position there for the reason communicated in a letter to Derek Bedson (5 June 1960):

    As for St John’s it would interest me greatly – much more than the possibility you mentioned over the phone. My reason is the following: in the body of Christ there are many functions all necessary to that body, but mine is theory – theology and philosophy – and I am determined to stick to that function...

  9. ‘An Ethic of Community’
    (pp. 20-48)

    This essay appeared inSocial Purpose for Canada, edited by Michael Oliver (Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1961), 3–26, and was reprinted in William Christian and Sheila Grant, eds,The George Grant Reader(Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1998), 59–75.Social Purpose for Canadawas prepared to coincide with the founding of ‘The New Party,’ when the Commonwealth Co-operative Federation allied with the Canadian Labour Congress to form what became the New Democratic Party. The book also included essays by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, John Porter, and Kenneth McNaught, among others. The project, begun in 1958, was funded by...

  10. Memorandum on Encyclopaedia Britannica
    (pp. 49-65)

    Grant was asked by Robert Maynard Hutchins to respond to Jacques Barzun’s conception of the proposed new phase of theEncylopaedia Britannica.¹ At the time (May 1960) Grant thought he might be hired by Hutchins as editor of theEncyclopaedia(though there were other elements in Hutchins’s group who were strongly opposed to him). Later he was hired instead by Hutchins’s colleague, Mortimer Adler, to work for the Institute for Philosophical Research.²

    At the beginning of his memorandum, Mr Barzun writes that he was persuaded by the meeting of the Editorial Board of last January that the Board was mainly...

  11. ‘The Year’s Developments in the Arts and Sciences: Philosophy and Religion’
    (pp. 66-108)

    This survey was published inThe Great Ideas Today: 1961(Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica), 336–76; its footnotes refer to the relevant texts inThe Great Books of the Western World. Grant worked for Mortimer Adler as a consultant to the Institute for Philosophical Research for a year after resigning his York University position. The job enabled him to stay in Canada rather than take a job he had been offered at Claremont College in California. Grant often said, speaking loosely, that he worked for Robert Hutchins, co-editor with Adler ofThe Great Ideas Today: 1961. According to Sheila Grant, Hutchins...

  12. Review of Church and State in Canada West: Three Studies in the Relation of Denominationalism and Nationalism, 1841–1867, by John S. Moir
    (pp. 109-110)

    Grant published this review in theJournal of Ecclesiastical History12 (1961): 131. The book had been published by University of Toronto Press in 1959.

    This is the first volume in a new seriesCanadian Studies in History and Government.² Those responsible for this series are to be complimented for starting with a work on Church and State. This side of Canadian history has been much neglected by our historians schooled in the presuppositions of positivist science. Our historians have been unwilling to understand how much their pluralist society and therefore themselves were a product of Protestantism. Yet how is...

  13. Exchange with Keith MacDonald, and Two Talks Given to Scientists
    (pp. 111-133)

    Grant interviewed Dr Keith MacDonald, along with five other prominent Canadians, for a CBC television program in the seriesExplorationsentitled ‘Belief’ (5 March 1959). MacDonald’s responses to Grant’s questions led to a dialogue between them on scientists’ ethical responsibility.¹

    MacDonald, in his capacity as head of pure physics at the National Research Council, asked Grant, two years later, to speak on language to a gathering of scientists. The official theme of the session (held 20 October 1961 at the Montreal Neurological Institute) was ‘Memory and Language,’ part of the ongoing ‘Fifth Informal Symposium on Self-Regulation in Living Systems.’ Grant...

  14. Sermon for a Student Service, McMaster Divinity School
    (pp. 134-139)

    Grant delivered this sermon to a student service at the McMaster Divinity School on 6 October 1961. A copy of his poem ‘Good Friday’ was clipped to his typescript, although there is no indication in the text that he read it to the students. The poem had been published in theUnited Church Observer14/3 (1 April 1953): 3, and appears inCollected Works, Volume 2, p. 534.

    The conversation between Pilate and Jesus is one of those meetings in history which cannot fail to fascinate. Here the intelligent Roman politician meets the intense Palestine peasant. The words ring out...

  15. Television Script: ‘Augustine’
    (pp. 140-150)

    This half-hour program, the second of a four-part television series on ‘four great philosophers who have had a considerable influence on Western civilization,’ was broadcast 19 July 1961 for CBC Educational Television’sExplorations. Grant wrote the script for the dramatization (in which the part of Augustine was played by Percy Rodriguez) and the interview segments, in which Bruce Rogers asked Grant questions. A transcription of the actual videotape of the program is presented here. The actors kept close to Grant’s draft script for the dramatizations; the few changes they made did not alter Grant’s meaning.

    Camera starts on Augustine, kneeling...

  16. Television Script: ‘Kant’
    (pp. 151-162)

    This half-hour program was broadcast on 2 August 1961 in the same CBCExplorationstelevision series as the Augustine program. Grant also wrote the script for the dramatizations (in which the part of Kant was played by Barry Morse) and the interview segments, again with Bruce Rogers questioning Grant. The transcription presented here does not vary substantially from Grant’s draft script.

    Scene opens with Immanuel Kant writing and thinking to himself.

    KANT: What can I know? What ought I to do? What may I hope? Those are the problems of philosophy. They all depend on a much deeper question – what...

  17. ‘Conceptions of Health’
    (pp. 163-180)

    This essay appeared inPsychiatry and Responsibility, edited by Helmut Schoek and James W. Wiggins (Princeton: D. Van Nostrand 1962), 117–34, and an abridged version was reprinted in William Christian and Sheila Grant, eds,The George Grant Reader(Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1998), 334–45.

    To start from a traditional platitude: Health and disease are generally described in relation to each other, and therapy is defined with emphasis on one or the other. Thus, in theOxford Dictionaryone finds under ‘therapy’ such phrases as ‘the art of healing’ and ‘the curative treatment of disease.’ The verbs ‘to...

  18. ‘Carl Gustav Jung’
    (pp. 181-192)

    This talk was delivered on CBC radio on 11 December 1961. It was published inArchitects of Modern Thought, 5th & 6th Series, Twelve Talks for CBC Radio (Toronto: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 1962), 63–74, and reprinted in William Christian and Sheila Grant, eds,The George Grant Reader(Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1998), 344–54.

    In modern psychology two men have been dominant: first the towering figure of Sigmund Freud and close behind in influence Carl Jung. The chief mark of our modern civilization has been what we call science. By this word we mean a particular set of...

  19. Review of Thought: Papers Given before the Learned Societies of Canada, 1960
    (pp. 193-195)

    Grant published this review inDialogue1/1 (1962): 100–1. The book, published by W.J. Gage, Toronto, was the first volume of a projected series that ended after the second volume in 1961.

    Thoughtis made up of twenty papers given before the Learned Societies of Canada at Queen’s University, Kingston, in 1960. The book was planned according to the current educational dogma whereby studies are divided into ‘the natural sciences,’ ‘the social sciences,’ and ‘the humanities.’ The volume is concerned with the second and third of these three categories.

    A more accurate title for the book would have been...

  20. Letter to Le Devoir: ‘L’économie canadienne’
    (pp. 196-197)
    George Grant

    This letter appeared under the caption ‘L’économie canadienne’ in the 29 May 1962 edition.

    Monsieur, le rédacteur,

    J’ai été surpris de constater qu’au Québec certaines personnes pussent croire que le parti libéral fût propre à conserver la culture française surce continent. N’est-ce pas le parti libéral fédéral qui décida en 1945, sous la direction de C.D. Howe, d’abandonner la direction de l’économie canadienne au capitalisme américain? Et l’idéal du capitaliste américain n’est-il pas l’ennemi no 1 de la culture catholique et française, dont l’existence dans le Québec m’a toujours paru si importante?

    Il est juste d’affirmer que la culture transcende...

  21. ‘The New Europe’
    (pp. 198-201)

    Grant’s typescript is headed ‘The New Europe – 1962 CBC.’ He is reporting on the thirty-first Couchiching Conference, entitled ‘The New Europe,’ presented by the Canadian Institute on Public Affairs in cooperation with the CBC at Geneva Park, 28 July–4 August 1962.

    At this conference a group of able Europeans have been discussing what is happening in the new Europe – the massive booming society of the Common Market. And these Europeans have been some of the most influential leaders of this new and amazing prosperity – the people who have planned and organized the economic revival – civil servants, bankers, professors from...

  22. ‘On Peter Fechter’
    (pp. 202-203)

    This short talk was given on CBC Radio in September of 1962.

    Peter Fechter was left to bleed to death in the ‘no-man’s land’ between the East German wall and West Berlin. At his funeral last week in East Germany his family, fiancée, and friends were addressed by a blackcoated orator authorized by the communist government to speak at non-religious funerals. This official orator said to the mourners the following words about the dead man: ‘A lot of you have been in the mountains on vacation; sometimes you come across paths marked no entry. Just as the authorities have to...

  23. Review of Christianity and Revolution: The Lesson of Cuba, by Leslie Dewart
    (pp. 204-208)

    Grant published this review inCanadian Forum43/518 (March 1964): 282–3.

    Professor Dewart’s theme is well expressed by his title and subtitle.aHe starts from an analysis of why the Cuban revolution became communist; he then describes in detail the degeneration of relations between the revolution and the Cuban Catholic Church; from this he proceeds to draw out the lessons of those relations for Christians’ political existence in the nuclear age and situation. As are most good books on practical matters, this is addressed particularly to a specified audience, Roman Catholic Christians, especially those in North America. Yet (and...

  24. ‘Crime and Corruption’
    (pp. 209-211)

    Grant delivered this short talk 7 October 1963 on the CBC Radio showPreview Commentary. He gave permission toChristian Outlookto publish it in volume 19, no. 3, December 1963, pp. 11–12.

    In the last year the news has been full of stories of organized crime and widespread political corruption. At the moment the American television is giving us another of its live shows straight from Congress in Washington in which Mr Joseph Valachi tells about murders, tortures, etc., in the Cosa Nostra.¹ It is almost as good a spectacle as the World Series or Mrs Kennedy showing...

  25. ‘American-Soviet Disarmament’
    (pp. 212-214)

    This short talk assessing the nuclear test ban treaty agreed upon by the USA, the USSR, and the UK in 1963 may have been broadcast on CBC Radio on the programViewpoint.

    Nearly everybody in Canada must rejoice that there is a lessening of friction between the Soviet Union and the United States. Only people who have a hidden love of death can like it when the two nuclear giants are growling at each other. And this present test ban looks really hopeful – as if it might lead forward to fuller disarmament and agreement about differences in many parts of...

  26. Unpublished Review of Plato on Man and Society, by I.M. Crombie
    (pp. 215-220)

    This review was written forQueen’s Quarterlyin 1963 but was not published when Professor Martyn Estal of the Queen’s Department of Philosophy asked for changes Grant was not willing to make.² The book (two volumes) was published in London by Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1962–3 and reprinted in 2002. Grant’s review is of volume one.

    This volume is the first part of a two-part examination of Plato’s doctrines. The first part is concerned with what Mr Crombie names ‘Plato’s views on man and society.’ The second volume will include what Mr Crombie calls ‘more technical philosophical topics,’...

  27. Review of Fountain Come Forth: The Anglican Church and the Valley Town of Dundas, prepared by R.B. Gilman
    (pp. 221-223)

    Grant reviewed this ninety-three-page book about his own parish church possibly for an Anglican publication or a local newspaper. Either it was not published or it appeared in a parish publication of which we have found no record. We have contacted Gilman, who has no recollection of the review.

    This is the history of St James Anglican Church in the town of Dundas, written for the 125th anniversary of the parish. It traces the life of church work from its earliest beginnings in 1784 and relates it to the history of the town and of our province as a whole....

  28. ‘Memorandum of the Anglican Bishops Concerning the Roman Catholic Hierarchy’s Brief on Education’
    (pp. 224-226)

    These remarks, dated 4 January 1963, may have been written down for a broadcast. The Ontario Roman Catholic bishops’ brief was submitted to Premier John Robarts and members of the Ontario legislature in October 1962 requesting that ecclesiastical control of the education of Roman Catholic children in state-supported schools be extended to include the high-school level. For the text of the proposal, see theGlobe and Mail(Toronto), 29 October 1962. The Anglican memorandum on the brief was presented to the premier and the legislature on 12 December 1962 and appeared in the January 1963 edition of theCanadian Churchman...

  29. ‘Value and Technology’
    (pp. 227-244)

    This talk was published inConference Proceedings: Welfare Services in a Changing Technology(Ottawa: The Canadian Conference on Social Welfare 1964), 21–9. Grant had many connections in the social welfare community, some dating from his years working with the Canadian Association for Adult Education. An abridged version of the talk is published in William Christian and Sheila Grant, eds,The George Grant Reader(Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1998), 387–94.

    The pursuit of those sciences which issue in the masterful control of human and non-human nature is clearly the activity which is considered the most valuable in our...

  30. Review of The Four Faces of Peace, by Lester B. Pearson
    (pp. 245-247)

    The review appeared in the Canadian Forum, 44/524 (Sept. 1964): 140.

    This book is a collection of speeches and statements by Prime Minister L.B. Pearson collected and edited by another, but with an introduction by himself.¹ They cover the period of time since 1948 when he stopped being a civil servant and became a politician. The largest part of the book is in two sections entitled ‘World Statesman’ and ‘Canadian Spokesman.’ Under ‘World Statesman’ are found statements about certain international issues of the 1950s, for example, the Korean War, the Suez crisis, the Atlantic alliance etc. These statements are most...

  31. Review of The Predicament of Democratic Man, by Edmond Cahn
    (pp. 248-254)

    The review appeared in theUniversity of Toronto Law Journal15 (1964): 461–3. The book was published by Collier-Macmillan Co. (Toronto and New York: 1961).

    This new book by Professor Cahn fills out the thoughts on jurisprudence which he mapped in such earlier works asThe Sense of InjusticeandThe Moral Decision. His general position in jurisprudence may be described as educated American liberal common sense. In this book he is discussing the relation between the citizen and the state in democratic communities, particularly the United States. He believes that the modern democratic state is the great political...

  32. ‘Man-Made Man’
    (pp. 255-270)

    Grant delivered this address at the Vermont Conference (24 March 1965) guided by the conference topic of ‘Genesis Revisited: The Scientific, Social, and Ethical Implications of “Man-Made Man.”’ The other main speakers were Paul Weiss of Yale, the founder of theReview of Metaphysics, and George Wald of Harvard, an award-winning biochemist.¹ Sheila Grant was present at the meetings, which were ‘very pleasant and hospitable, but one didn’t feel any passionate interest in the subject.’ She sees this talk as more relevant now because it speaks to an area of technology that has enormously increased in scope and sophistication since...

  33. Lament for a Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism
    (pp. 271-367)

    Lament for a Nationwas first published in March 1965. It quickly became a best-seller and its author a nationally known figure.¹ Ironically enough, Grant’s elegy on the inevitable disappearance of Canada inspired a surge of nationalist feeling, particularly among the young involved in the ‘New Left.’² It also added fuel to the anti-American sentiment generated by the Vietnam War. Readers of the book tended to ignore its elegiac tone. Instead they embraced Grant’s account of what historically made Canada different from the United States as well as his scintillating analysis of the relationship between liberalism and American imperialism, whose...

  34. Introduction to the Carleton Library Edition (1970) of Lament for a Nation
    (pp. 368-378)

    In 1970 Grant wrote a new introduction toLament for a Nationupon its publication in the Carleton Library series.¹ A searching critique of what had happened to Canada in the previous five years, and of his own work in retrospect, it is also a response to some important criticisms. Grant begins by pointing out that the glamour of America as embodied in the Kennedys had faded before the realities of the Vietnam War, political assassination, and riots in the cities. Canadians had turned, however haltingly, to a nationalism which found some expression in the policies of the government of...

  35. Letter to Rodney Crook
    (pp. 379-383)

    In this letter, Grant responded to an important challenge to his thought from a friend, Rodney Crook, professor of sociology at Dalhousie. The letter also appears in William Christian, ed.,George Grant: Selected Letters(Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1996), 231–3, and in William Christian and Sheila Grant, eds,The George Grant Reader(Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1998), 219–22. Crook later published an article onLament for a Nationentitled ‘Modernization and Nostalgia, a Note on the Sociology of Pessimism,’Queen’s Quarterly73/3 (1966): 269–84. Grant responded to the accusation of pessimism in his new introduction...

  36. ‘Notes on the Constitutional Question’: A Memorandum Written at the Request of the Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker
    (pp. 384-392)

    In the fall of 1965, Grant responded to a request from the Rt. Hon. John G. Diefenbaker, leader of the opposition and former prime minister, by sending him the following thoughts on the constitution. Prime Minister Pearson had called an election to be held that November. The letter was published in William Christian, ed.,George Grant: Selected Letters(Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1996), 234–8.

    In the light of our telephone conversation of last Thursday, herewith are some notes on the Constitutional question which you asked for by the beginning of this week. I do not know whether they...

  37. ‘Protest and Technology’
    (pp. 393-405)

    This address was entitled ‘Revolution, Responsibility, and Conservatism’ when it was delivered at the Toronto International Teach-In held at Varsity Arena 8–10 October 1965. The CBC broadcast the speech on 10 October as ‘Revolution and Response’ on the radio seriesCBC Sunday Night; theGlobe and Mailpublished excerpts on 12 October under the title ‘Stand on Guard for Independence’; and the entire speech appeared under the title ‘Realism in Political Protest’ inChristian Outlook21/2 (Nov. 1965), later appearing with minor alterations as ‘Critique of the New Left’ inOur Generation3/4–4/1 (May 1966): 46–51. The...

  38. Letter to the Globe and Mail: ‘Freedom Fighter’
    (pp. 406-406)

    Grant wrote this letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail in April 1965.

    Dear Editor,

    In your news columns of March 30 the following sentence appears: ‘The Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter, the light jet strike aircraft that Canada is building for its new mobile forces, has won its wings in Vietnam.’

    I write in the hope that a phrase such as ‘has won its wings’ might be dropped from our vocabulary. It has the ring of knights in armour or of the early days of flying when individual fliers were pitting their skill against equals in the sky....

  39. ‘Individuality in Mass Society’: An Interview of George Grant by Adrienne Clarkson
    (pp. 407-412)
    Adrienne Clarkson and George Grant

    CBC Television broadcast this half-hour interview by Adrienne Clarkson¹ on theFirst Personseries, 2 June 1966.

    CLARKSON: George Grant is a professor of philosophy and religion at McMaster University in Hamilton, and probably best known as the author of a controversial book on Canadian politics –Lament for a Nation.I asked George Grant if he agreed that society today was producing a faceless man.

    GRANT: I think this is a society that produces a very great sense of the individual’s individuality, you know, and subjective-hood, while at the same time the system outside is enormous and puts great pressure...

  40. Review of The Technological Society, by Jacques Ellul
    (pp. 413-418)

    Grant published this review inCanadian Dimension3/3–4 (March-April; May-June 1966): 59–60. The review also appears in William Christian and Sheila Grant, eds,The George Grant Reader(Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1998), 394–8.

    Two books by Jacques Ellul,The Technological SocietyandPropaganda, are the most important of all required reading for anybody who wants to understand what is occurring in the ‘advanced’ societies during our era. Modesty may require the words ‘in my opinion’ in the previous sentence, but I hesitate to qualify such praise of greatness by the subjective. Ellul is a professor of...

  41. ‘How Deception Lurks in the Secular City’: Review of The Secular City: Secularization and Urbanization in Theological Perspective, by Harvex Cox
    (pp. 419-425)

    Grant published this review in theUnited Church Observer28/9 (1 July 1966): 16–17, 26. Cox was an important figure for Grant in the 1960s because he exemplified the attempt to ‘modernize’ Christianity. The book was published in New York by Macmillan (1965).

    At all times and places, Christians have wanted to communicate with those around them. It is the very nature of their faith to want to do so. To love is to pay attention to other people and this means to communicate with them. To pay attention to people is to recognize the society they are in...

  42. ‘The Value of Protest’
    (pp. 426-430)

    Grant delivered this address at a Toronto demonstration for Peace in Vietnam on 14 May 1966. It appears to have been printed by the organizers of a major border protest to be held at Niagara Falls on 6 August 1966. It also appears in William Christian and Sheila Grant, eds,The George Grant Reader(Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1998), 90–4.

    The desire to stop the war in Vietnam should not be limited to people of any political party or any political philosophy. It should be common to all men who hate crime and injustice. And as Senator Fulbright...

  43. Two Televised Conversations between George Grant and Gad Horowitz
    (pp. 431-454)
    George Grant and Gad Horowitz

    These two half-hour conversations were broadcast by the CBC on 7 and 14 February 1966, the final two of a series of thirteen sessions, entitled as a whole ‘Ideals of Democracy and Social Reality.’ Roy Faibish of CBC Public Affairs prepared them for educational television in the seriesExtension.² He enlisted Grant as host of the first seven programs (and guest on two others), and he asked Gad Horowitz to be host of the final six (and guest on one other). John Porter, J.H. Aitchison, Pauline Jewitt, John Meisel, Ramsay Cook, C.B. Macpherson, and Charles Taylor were among the other...

  44. ‘The Great Society’
    (pp. 455-462)

    Grant delivered this address on the Great Society at the thirty-fifth annual Couchiching Conference. It was published in John Irwin, ed.,Great Societies and Quiet Revolutions(Toronto: CBC 1967), 71–6, and in William Christian and Sheila Grant, eds,The George Grant Reader(Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1998), 95–102.

    First, what is meant by the Great Society? It is a vision of a society of free and equal men, to be realized through the application of certain principles. These principles are to be taken seriously because they are enunciated by President Johnson as determining the policies of the...

  45. ‘The Conservatives Must Put Canada First’
    (pp. 463-465)

    This article appeared on page 4 of theHamilton Spectator,30 August 1967. We have removed the sub-heads.

    The leadership convention of the Conservative party has all the makings of a great entertainment. The excitement of the race track will be combined with the drama of the theatre.

    The sheer difference of personality among the announced contenders will be capped by the presence of the old champion himself, whose role in the proceedings will be unpredictable up to the wire. By any standards this is a show worthy of centennial year, and it is certain that all the instruments of...

  46. ‘From Roosevelt to LBJ’
    (pp. 466-469)

    Grant published this article inThe New Romans: Candid Canadian Opinions of the U.S., edited by A.W. Purdy (Edmonton: M.G. Hurtig; New York: St Martin’s Press 1968), 39–41.

    It is hard to contemplate the US with calm these days. The society of comfort and mental health has now its air-conditioned war, presented to us nightly on colour TV. (Air-conditioned, that is, for all Americans except the rural and small-town youngsters who have to do the ground fighting.) At least we did not see Auschwitz till it was over, and anyway it was not English-speaking people who were doing it....

  47. ‘Qui Tollit: Reflections on the Eucharist’
    (pp. 470-472)

    Grant probably delivered this sermon or speech in the late 1960s at McMaster University, according to Sheila Grant. It concerns the translation of the Latin wordtollit, as it appears in the Anglican Eucharistic liturgy.

    Whatever it may be and however we may define it, the Eucharist is the centre of Christian worship and Christianity is nothing if it is not worship. It is hard to imagine what a Christian would mean in denying that proposition. Therefore one must only write of the Eucharist in halting language and with the hope that God has at least partially freed those words...

  48. Technology and Empire: Perspectives on North America
    (pp. 473-594)

    Of the six essays which compriseTechnology and Empire,¹four were previously published between 1963 and 1968. The introductory essay, ‘In Defence of North America,’ and the conclusion, ‘A Platitude,’ were written specifically for it, although the latter appeared under the title ‘Is Freedom Man’s Only Meaning?’ inSaturday Nightshortly before the book was brought out by the House of Anansi in the spring of 1969.² Two of the four earlier essays, ‘Religion and the State’ (1963)³ and ‘Tyranny and Wisdom’ (1964),⁴ both of which appeared in academic journals, underwent little revision, while ‘Canadian Fate and Imperialism,’ first published...

  49. ‘Technology and Man’: An Interview of George Grant by Gad Horowitz
    (pp. 595-602)
    George Grant and Gad Horowitz

    Gad Horowitz¹ interviewed Grant at his Dundas home aboutTechnology and Empire, taking up a suggestion from Cy Gonick, editor ofCanadian Dimension. The interview first appeared inJournal of Canadian Studies4/3 (Aug. 1969): 3–6, and later it was published as ‘Horowitz and Grant Talk,’ inCanadian Dimension6/6 (Dec. 1969–Jan. 1970).

    HOROWITZ: What do you mean when you describe our society as a technological society?

    GRANT: I mean that this is a society in which people think of the world around them as mere indifferent stuff which they are absolutely free to control any way they...

  50. ‘The Practice of Politics’ and ‘Thought about Politics’: The George C. Nowlan Lectures
    (pp. 603-632)

    Grant delivered the second series of George C. Nowlan Lectures at Acadia University on the 16th and 17th of October 1969. Until their appearance in theCollected Works, the lectures were unpublished.

    Mr Chairman, Mrs Nowlan, President Beveridge, Ladies and Gentlemen:

    It is a great honour to be asked to Acadia. Both Acadia and the university to which my loyalty is given, McMaster, were nurtured by the same branch of the Christian Church. My life is lived within loyalty to another branch of the Church; but living at McMaster has taught me about the Baptists. It has taught me that...

  51. George Grant and the Department of Religion, McMaster University
    (pp. 633-667)

    President George Gilmour of McMaster University asked Professor Paul Clifford to found a department of religion in 1959. The Baptist divinity school could no longer provide sufficient courses in the study of religion for the general student body in the context of major expansion and greatly increased public support, though Gilmour and Clifford expected that the fledgling department would at first rely on divinity courses and teachers. It took a few years for the new department of religion to work out its specific identity as distinct from the divinity school on one side and the philosophy, history, and social science...

  52. Course Lectures at McMaster in the 1960s: A Selection
    (pp. 668-762)

    Grant’s papers included just over a hundred lectures and parts of lectures prepared for his classes and seminars during the 1960s. He wrote the lectures on legal-size foolscap and delivered them to students in ‘Philosophy and Religion 1a6’; ‘Myth and Reason’ (originally ‘Myth, History, and Reason’) variously designated 3k6, 4k6, and, as a graduate course, 6k6; ‘History and Religion 3d3’; ‘Politics and Religion 3h3’; ‘Comparative Religion 3b2’; and ‘Christian Ethics 2c3.’ He taught two new graduate courses towards the end of the decade: ‘The Relations between the Western Religious Tradition and Technology,’ designated as ‘Religion 775’ (1967–8 and 1970...

  53. Appendix 1: Radio and Television Broadcasts by George Grant Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
    (pp. 763-770)
  54. Appendix 2: Editorial and Textual Principles and Methods Applied in Volume 3
    (pp. 771-774)
  55. Index
    (pp. 775-795)