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Catching the Train on Randolph Street — A Thought on Saul Bellow, Literature, and Eros

by Chris Berger According to his close friend Allan Bloom, novelist Saul Bellow had a saying: even if you plan on making the trip to eternity, you still have to catch the train on Randolph Street (at least if you’re setting out from Chicago).  To my knowledge he never penned this aphorism in any of his published works, but nevertheless it is reflective of a theme … Continue reading Catching the Train on Randolph Street — A Thought on Saul Bellow, Literature, and Eros

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Escaping to Clementine

by Chris Berger An Edmontonian could be forgiven for bypassing 120th and Jasper without a second thought. The Pearl, while a towering new monolith of luxury on the evolving cityscape, wouldn’t seem at first to have much to drop in for.  And this obscurity hides a new Edmontonian gem in the best possible way. Clementine, the newest addition to the local food and drink scene, … Continue reading Escaping to Clementine

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Politics by Other Means: Re-Learning How to be Liberal

by Chris Berger The specific political distinction to which political actions and motives can be reduced is that between friend and enemy. — Carl Schmitt, The Concept of the Political Crisis of the Liberal Status Quo Western politics is changing. While this is acutely felt in recent weeks, it has been a long time in the making, and to be blunt: we had this coming.  … Continue reading Politics by Other Means: Re-Learning How to be Liberal

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Why Science Needs Philosophy

by Chris Berger The industry of bringing science to the people is thriving. “Edutainment,” as we sometimes call it, plays an important role in the education of children and adults. After all, this is an age in which scientific advancement moves at a pace impossible for an average lay person to keep up with independently. To complicate things, misinformation and pseudoscience are rampant, and now … Continue reading Why Science Needs Philosophy

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Jim Prentice and the Virtue of Moderation

by Chris Berger The untimely death of the Hon. Jim Prentice came as sobering news.  Having worked as a member of the staff for Premier Prentice’s caucus during the time of his leadership, I can attest personally that his passing deprives Albertans, and indeed Canadians, of a dedicated and gifted public servant. In some ways, his passing is an untimely one in that it follows closely … Continue reading Jim Prentice and the Virtue of Moderation

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Digging for Insight: On Paleontology and Lifelong Learning

by Chris Berger Three things never fail to snag a kid’s attention: the huge, the weird, and the mysterious. It’s no wonder then that dinosaurs have occupied a special place in children’s imaginations for as long as they’ve been known to science.  And it’s equally obvious why dinosaurs so often serve as budding young minds’ gateway into the life of discovery.   One of my … Continue reading Digging for Insight: On Paleontology and Lifelong Learning

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Putting the “Uni-” into University: Thoughts on the Bachelor of Arts Draft Proposal | By Christopher Berger

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) has been, along with the Bachelor of Science, a sine qua non of higher education for as long as there have been universities.  I believe it would not be an exaggeration to say that a university lacking a BA program cannot be properly called a university.  A university’s strength is tied directly to the strength of its BA program.  The renewal process currently underway … Continue reading Putting the “Uni-” into University: Thoughts on the Bachelor of Arts Draft Proposal | By Christopher Berger

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A Philosophy for All | By Christopher Berger

Deciding what to do after high school is difficult. Often, further schooling is a safe bet, and for me, that entailed attending university. I suspect, given the worsening economic downturn and its acute effects in the oil industry here in Alberta, that option will become increasingly attractive for many high school graduates. However, the bigger question remains: what should we study and, more importantly, how … Continue reading A Philosophy for All | By Christopher Berger