By A. B McKillop
Targeting the idea of Canada's significant scientists, philosophers, and clerics - males reminiscent of William Dawson and Daniel Wilson, John Watson and W.D. LeSeur, G.M. furnish and Salem Bland - A Disciplined Intelligence starts via reconstructing the imperative strands of highbrow and ethical orthodoxy conventional in Anglo-Canadian faculties at the eve of the Darwinian revolution. those contain Scottish logic philosophy and the ordinary theology of William Paley. The harmful effect of evolutionary principles on that orthodoxy and the foremost exponents of the hot different types of social evolution - Spencerian and Hegelian alike - are tested intimately. through the 20 th century the centre of Anglo-Canadian concept have been remodeled by way of what had develop into a brand new, evolutionary orthodoxy. The legacy of this effective highbrow circulate, British idealism, was once gigantic. It helped to damage Protestant denominationalism, give you the philosophical middle of the social gospel circulate, and represent an incredible strength at the back of the construction of the United Church of Canada. through the 19th century and carrying on with into the 20th, in spite of the fact that, the ethical significant in Anglo-Canadian idea remained a relentless presence.
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The religious life of a people is its only true life. 32 The religious influence must pervade the "whole course of study," said John Mockett Cramp in 1851 in his inaugural address as president of Acadia. It must sanctify all the activities of the university. "This college is open to all denominations, no religious tests being imposed either on students or Professors," he went on. "34 That education brought power was very evident to Canadian college presidents and teachers,- but this meant little unless the power thus gained was used to carry out the will of God.
The ultimate purpose of each was to help one discern the will of God. Accordingly, the whole college program at Ryerson's Victoria was to be theological in the broadest sense of that word. "The fundamental principles of the Christian faith and of Christian morality belong, indeed, to all who are educated in a Christian land," he noted. "45 Ryerson's counterparts at the other AngloCanadian universities and colleges might well have taken exception to the claim that the principles of Christendom should be taught independently of sectarian "dogmas or bias," but apart from this traditional disagreement between Methodists and other Education and Intellect 21 denominations, they shared his views as to the aims and structure of a truly liberal education.
Dugald Stewart, The Philosophy of the Active Powers and Moral Powers of Man (1828) In the middle decades of the nineteenth century, the primary function of Anglo-Canadian educators was to show their students and readers that a properly conducted inquiry into the world of nature, whether physical or human, would reveal the wondrous handiwork of God. One group was of cardinal importance in this endeavour: the men hired by college and university officials to set forth the principles of mental and moral philosophy.
A Disciplined Intelligence: Critical Inquiry and Canadian Thought in the Victorian Era by A. B McKillop