Classical Chinese Philosophy: Lunyu

The Lunyu or the Analects is a text in Chinese classical philosophy containing select sayings of Confucius (孔子) — a classical sage who had described himself as a transmitter of human and civilizational values in Ancient China, and still to this day a living intellectual tradition in the core of Chinese, Japanese and Korean cultures. The text was compiled during the Warring states period (660 BC – 220 BC) and completed during the mid-Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) by Confucius’ followers. It was widely known for instance in the 18th century West for its ideas on humanity… Read More

Justice Michel Bastarache L.L.D., On Language Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache L.L.D. Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba, January 24, 2013 At the 2013 Robson Hall speakers series, former Supreme Court Justice Michel Bastarache spoke about the role the judiciary in the legal development of language rights in Canada. In his presentation, Justice Bastarache explained the history of language rights in the Canadian legal system, its place in the context of Canadian multiculturalism and ethnic nationalism, and its role in Canadian federalism and the “asymmetrical organization” of the Constitutional divisions of power.  Click… Read More

The Damaging Effects of Discrimination Conference 2014

The Damaging Effects of Discrimination: Presented by Dalhousie’s Multifaith Centre Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia The purpose for the Damaging Effects of Discrimination Conference was to expand our awareness of discrimination in our cities and how to address this problem in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. The discussions provided an opportunity to think about discrimination in the context of the growing importance of community and its changing daily expectations by our expanding awareness of racial, lingual and religious plurality in our societies. The question as a philosopher became for me one of addressing discrimination in… Read More

Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience

What’s wrong with Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience?   Online Text of Civil Disobedience In the essay Civil Disobedience (1849), Thoreau argues that an unjust government or a law to a degree that it makes one an agent of its injustice should be disobeyed; even if it should be the results of democratic will of the majority. In the following summary entry of this classical essay, I seek to just simply outline the major passages that support Thoreau’s main argument and then very briefly critically analyze it in context of multicultural societies. Click here for the… Read More

Studying Rare Books and Their Relevance in a Digital Age

Studying Rare Books and Their Relevance in a Digital Age In the following post, I share my thoughts on a graduate seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts taken back in 2010 and reflect on the relevance of this type of technical training in a changing higher education and its relevance in a digital age. In future entries, I will post on how to find digital archives online and research techniques. Click here for the post.