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McKILLOP, A.B. A Disciplined Intelligence : Critical Inquiry and Canadian Thought in the Victorian Era. Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, (1979). First Edition. Pp (6),[vii]-xii,-287,(5). 8vo, ill. purple cloth.
"In thls highly original contribution to Canadian intellectual history, Professor McKillop examines the course of critical inquiry and its relationship to the assertion of moral authority in English-Canadian thought during the Victorian era. Concentrating upon the thought of Canada's major scientists, philosophers, and clerics—men such as William Dawson and Daniel Wilson,John Watson and W. D. LeSueur, G. M. Grant and Salem Bland—the book begins by reconstructing the central strands of intellectual and moral orthodoxy prevalent in Anglo-Canadian colleges on the eve of the Darwinian revolution. These included the Scottish Common Sense philosophy and the natural theology of William Paley. The destructive impact of evolutionary ideas on that orthodoxy and the major exponents of the new forms of social evolution—Spencerian and Hegelian alike—are examined in detail. By the twentieth century,the heart of Anglo-Canadian thought had been transformed by what had become a new, evolutionary orthodoxy. The legacy of this triumphant intellectual movement, that of British idealism, was immense. It helped to destroy Protestant denominationalism, to provide the philosophical core of the social gospel movement, and to constitute a major force behind the creation of the United Church of Canada. Throughout the nineteenth century and continuing into the twentieth, however, the moral imperative in Anglo-Canadian thought remained a constant presence. Several figures who today dominate the intellectual landscape of the country may be seen as inheritors of this tradition. " - p.[i].
1. Education and Intellect - Intellectual Anarchy - The Institutionalization of Concern - Education as Disposition -The Basis of a Liberal Education;
2. The Colonial Philosophers The Scottish Legacy Aneacoiusn jLegacy James George and the Web of Gossamer - William Lyall : Intellect, the Emotions, and Man's Moral Nature - The Apogee of Common Sense;
3. The Uses of Natural Theology - The Prevalence of Paley - James Beaven and the Eye of Faith - Dr. Bovell's Quadrilateral Mind - Sequela;
4. The Veils of Isis - The Veils of Isis - The Reception of Darwin in Canada - Support from the Flanks - Christian Guardians - Man's Place in Nature;
5. A Critical Spirit - The Spectre of Doubt - The Critical Intellect - Freedom and Concern - Science. Ethics, and Evolution - A Defence of Modern Thought;
6. The Secret of Hegel - The Rejection of Common Sense - John Watson and the Secret of Hegel - Science and the Idealist Alternative - Conscience and Community;
7. The Sadness and Joy of Knowledge Faith through Reason - Pastoral Etristles - The Sacred, the Secular, and the Social Gospel - Religion through Sociology.
With epilogue, notes, bibliographical note, and index.
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Title: Disciplined Intelligence : Critical Inquiry and Canadian Thought in the Victorian Era. First Edition. Signed presentation copy.
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 1979, ISBN:0773503439:
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