By A. B McKillop
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. furnish and Salem Bland - A Disciplined Intelligence starts by way of reconstructing the critical strands of highbrow and ethical orthodoxy generic in Anglo-Canadian faculties at the eve of the Darwinian revolution. those contain Scottish good judgment philosophy and the traditional theology of William Paley. The harmful impression of evolutionary rules on that orthodoxy and the key exponents of the recent kinds of social evolution - Spencerian and Hegelian alike - are tested intimately. by way of the 20th century the centre of Anglo-Canadian idea were reworked by way of what had develop into a brand new, evolutionary orthodoxy. The legacy of this effective highbrow move, British idealism, was once big. It helped to smash Protestant denominationalism, give you the philosophical center of the social gospel flow, and represent an immense strength in the back of the construction of the United Church of Canada. during the 19th century and carrying on with into the 20 th, despite the fact that, the ethical principal in Anglo-Canadian idea remained a continuing presence.
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Emile Durkheim, Elementary Forms of the Religious Life (1926) Maxim 429. Knowledge. An eager desire of Knowledge ought to be Governd and restrained (being as Dangerous and Sinful) as any othr inordinate appetite. . Happss is promised—not to the Learned, by to ye Good. Bishop Thomas Wilson, Maxims of Piety and Christianity (1781) In 1853 Matthew Arnold wrote a troubled letter to his close friend Arthur Hugh Clough. "You certainly do not seem to me sufficiently to desire and earnestly strive towards—assured knowledge —activity—happiness.
7 The particular myth of concern of the Anglo-Canadian was an extension of a larger European cultural context, a product partly of racial heritage but mostly of the Judaeo-Christian tradition. The physical separation of the Anglo-Canadian from Great Britain by the vast expanse of the North Atlantic was largely negated, at least for some, by the greater cultural context of which they knew they were a part. 8 As much as material circumstances governed everyday life, at least to literate Anglo-Canadians, these conditions were clearly Education and Intellect 5 subordinate to the larger life of the mind.
1 By the 1880s Scotland provided the dominant element in the Canadian business elite. 2 The intellectual aspects of this influence on higher education were of three sorts. First, the Scot brought with him to Canada a general appreciation of the necessity for popular education. To a large extent this was part of his Presbyterian inheritance. " It was, instead, "a complex of social aspirations, secular as well as religious, which . . " Moreover, the "democratic intellect" of the Scot, aimed at education, was one which reflected a broad cultural outlook.