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Impressions of George Grant

The Story

"Canada was put together by two groups of people ... who didn't want to be Americans." In this revealing conversation about Canadian identity, George Grant, philosopher and university professor, talks with Ramsay Cook about Canada's establishment as a nation. He also talks about his ideas and how they were shaped by the events of the Second World War.

Medium: Television
Program: Impressions
Broadcast Date: Aug. 5, 1973
Guest: George Grant
Interviewer: Ramsay Cook
Duration: 26:50

Did You know?

• George Parkin Grant was born in Toronto in 1918. He died in Halifax in 1988.

• Grant was educated at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. and Oxford University in England. His principal philosophy considered the implications of technology and why it seemed to close human beings off from access to the divine.


• In 1959, Grant published his major work entitled, Philosophy in The Modern Age. The book was an exploration of how moral freedom could be reconciled with the existence of a universal moral law that defines all of us.


• In 1965, Grant released his analysis of Canada's identity under the strong influence of the United States in a short book called, Lament for a Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism.




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