Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

It is beyond contention that it falls to the Humanities to study the languages and literatures of mankind, the historic unfolding of the great civilizations and their systems of...

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The Relevance and Importance of the Humanities in the Present Day

ROBERTSON DAVIES

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pp. 3-12

We are gathered here for an Inauguration, and I propose to take the word "inauguration" with full seriousness. Its meaning, as I need hardly remind an audience of humanists, is not simply to set something going, but to try to discover what...

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Reflections on a Liberal Undergraduate Education: Out of the Vortex of Slush and Nonsense

JOHN WOODS and HAROLD C. COWARD

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pp. 13-26

The notion of a liberal education is not these days well understood. Possibly its most prevalent misinterpretation is that in proportion that its curriculum is free of "structure"—that is to say, of required courses and prerequisites...

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On the Philosophy of Graduate Education: Observations and Recommendations

GREGORY VLASTOS

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pp. 27-46

By "philosophy" in my title I shall understand what the word is used to mean in present-day idiomatic speech not by philosophers but by practical men—lawyers, business-men, politicians: a statement of the over-all purpose of an enterprise by reference to which its practices...

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Research in the Humanities

GEORGE GRANT

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pp. 47-52

The words "arts faculties" and "humanities" are unclear and ill-thought terms by which to describe the grouping together of certain studies. Nevertheless, as the word "humanities" is the present...

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The Humanistic Context of Scientific Ideas

F. E. L PRIESTLEY

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pp. 53-66

For those of us who are historically minded, the establishing of a Humanities Institute and of a Faculty of Humanities inevitably recalls the original meaning of the term "humanities," a meaning now generally obscured by a vast tangle...

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The Function of Literature in Contemporary Society

MARIE-CLAIRE BLAIS

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pp. 67-74

I have been presented with a difficult subject. Supposing I manage to prove that literature has no function in contemporary society, and that we writers are like those self-destroying machines of Tingueley, that quiver and rattle and whirl and emit smoke and flames, so great is our identification with...

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In Defence of Literature

HANS EICHNER

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pp. 75-92

If allowance is made for the fact that I have substituted the word "literature" for the traditional "poetry" or "poesy," it is evident that the title of this talk has a long///

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The Flexible Mind

MALCOLM F. MCGREGOR

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pp. 93-102

The establishment of a Faculty of Humanities at the University of Calgary has already, I am sure, produced elation among those who have perhaps been depressed by their...

Index

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pp. 103-107