Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Three Canadian Hegelians
Northern Spirits: John Watson, George Grant, and Charles Taylor: appropriations of Hegelian political thought (McGill-Queen’s: UP, 2008) clearly deserves a mention here given the general theme of this blog. At present this is based on publicly available information.
Of the subjects, John Watson was a pupil of Glasgow and Oxford Professor Edward Caird and a prolific and insightful author across a range of philosophical themes, including history of philosophy. As far as I know, Grant is a more Canadian figure; whilst Charles Taylor has an international reputation for his modifications of a more or less liberal standpoint, as well as for his monumental commentary on Hegel (1975).
The author of this study, Robert Sibley, is a Canadian journalist and focuses on the public impact of his subjects' work. There are currently fairly cheap paperback copies available. Anyone with more information please feel free to comment.