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The Faces of Reason traces the history of philosophy in English Canada from 1850 to 1950, examining the major English-Canadian philosophers in detail adn setting them in the context of the main currents of Canadian thought. The book concludes with a brief survey of the period after 1950.

What is distinctive in Canadian philosophy, say the authors, is the concept of reason and the uses to which it is put. Reason has interacted with experience in a new world and a cold climate to create a distinctive Canadian community. The diversity of political, geographic, social, and religious factors has fostered a particular kind of thinking, particular ways of reasoning and communicating. Rather than one grand, overarching Canadian way of thinking, there are “many faces of reason,” “a kind of philosophic federalism”.

The book has two dimensions: “it is a continuos story which makes a point about the development of philosophical reason in the Canadian context.... it is a reference work which may be consulted by readers interested in particular figures, ideas, movements, or periods.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. PORTRAITS
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. NOTES FROM THE AUTHORS
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. xxi-xxvi
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  1. ONE: Backgrounds and Themes
  2. pp. 1-31
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  1. TWO: Reason and Authority
  2. pp. 32-60
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  1. THREE: Reason and Intuition
  2. pp. 61-84
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  1. FOUR: Reason and Morality
  2. pp. 85-104
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  1. FIVE: Reason, Authority, and the Structure of Experience
  2. pp. 105-175
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  1. SIX: Reason, Culture, and Power
  2. pp. 176-215
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  1. SEVEN: Reason as Social Understanding
  2. pp. 216-268
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  1. EIGHT: Reason as Constitutive of Knowledge and Reality
  2. pp. 269-320
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  1. NINE: Reason, Religion, and the Idea of Nature
  2. pp. 321-360
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  1. TEN: The Self-Transcendence of Reason, and Evolutionary Mysticism
  2. pp. 361-387
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  1. ELEVEN: Reason, Regionalism, and Social Policy
  2. pp. 388-404
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  1. TWELVE: The Fragmentation of Reason
  2. pp. 405-429
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  1. THIRTEEN: Reason, History, and the Social Sciences
  2. pp. 430-477
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  1. FOURTEEN: Faith and Reason
  2. pp. 478-506
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  1. FIFTEEN: The Idea of Reason and the Canadian Situation
  2. pp. 507-516
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  1. AUTHOR AND TITLE INDEX
  2. pp. 517-522
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  1. TITLE INDEX
  2. pp. 523-529
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  1. GENERAL INDEX
  2. pp. 530-548
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780889208957
Related ISBN
9780889202559
MARC Record
OCLC
243567100
Pages
574
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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