The Undiscovered Country: Essays in Canadian Intellectual Culture by Ian AngusThe Undiscovered Country: Essays in Canadian Intellectual Culture by Ian Angus

The Undiscovered Country: Essays in Canadian Intellectual Culture

byIan Angus

Paperback | April 1, 2013

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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 Canadianphilosophical thought, seeking to prepare the groundwork for a criticaltheory of neoliberal globalization. The essays are organized into threeparts. The opening part offers a nuanced critique of the Hegelianconfidence and progressivism that has come to dominate Canadianintellectual life. Through an analysis of the work of several prominentCanadian 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’scontinuing indebtedness to empire. The second part focuses on nationalidentity and political culture, including the role of Canadian studiesas a discipline, adapting its critical method to Canadian politicalculture. The first two parts culminate in the positive articulation, inPart 3, of author’s own conception, one that is at once moreutopian and more tragic than that of the first two parts. Here, Angusdevelops the concept of locative thought—the thinking of a peoplewho have undergone dispossession, “of a people seeking its placeand therefore of a people that has not yet found its place.”
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 ...
Title:The Undiscovered Country: Essays in Canadian Intellectual CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6.05 × 0.76 inPublished:April 1, 2013Publisher:Athabasca University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927356326

ISBN - 13:9781927356326