About the Book
study to date has drawn extensively on the collected works – including talks to
teachers and his doctoral thesis in philosophy at Oxford – or upon his
biography, the collected letters, and the vast secondary literature, all of
which are cited extensively in this comprehensive and original study of the
teachings of George Grant.
to serve both as a reference book for students of Grant as well as a textbook
for students of education, the book emphasizes Grant’s timeliness and prescience
in identifying and critiquing educational issues fifty years ago – academic
vocationalism, educational technology, privatization of schooling, the
ascendency of research over teaching – that remain relevant today.
prescience is also demonstrated by his concerns over the fate of what he termed
particularity within Canada and globally, worried that economic globalization
would erase distinctive national histories and cultures. Replacing these would
be a world state, universal and homogeneous, representing the worst tyranny humanity
has known. Current issues of right-wing populism – notably in the UK and the US
– Grant foresaw as reactions against these historical tendencies.