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The Undiscovered Country: Essays in Canadian Intellectual Culture

The Undiscovered Country: Essays in Canadian Intellectual Culture (Paperback)

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In this sequence of essays, Ian Angus engages with themes of identity,

power, and the nation as they emerge in contemporary English Canadian

philosophical thought, seeking to prepare the groundwork for a critical

theory of neoliberal globalization. The essays are organized into three

parts. The opening part offers a nuanced critique of the Hegelian

confidence and progressivism that has come to dominate Canadian

intellectual life. Through an analysis of the work of several prominent

Canadian thinkers, among them Charles Taylor and C. B. Macpherson,

Angus suggests that Hegelian frames of reference are inadequate,

failing as they do to accommodate the fact of English Canada's

continuing indebtedness to empire. The second part focuses on national

identity and political culture, including the role of Canadian studies

as a discipline, adapting its critical method to Canadian political

culture. The first two parts culminate in the positive articulation, in

Part 3, of author's own conception, one that is at once more

utopian and more tragic than that of the first two parts. Here, Angus

develops the concept of locative thought-the thinking of a people

who have undergone dispossession, "of a people seeking its place

and therefore of a people that has not yet found its place."

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy, from c 1900 - Publisher: AU Press Publication Date: 01/04/2013 ISBN-13: 9781927356326  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Ian Angus is currently professor of humanities at Simon Fraser University. He has written several books on contemporary philosophy and communication, as well as on English Canadian social and political thought, among them A Border Within: National Identity, Cultural Plurality and Wilderness and Identity and Justic e. He is also the author of the more popularly oriented Emergent Publics: An Essay on Social Movements and Democracy and Love the Questions: University Education and Enlightenment. He lives in East Vancouver with his wife and daughter.

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