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Postmedia in the gutter

Past Trauma

Richard Wagamese and an Indigenous literary resurgence

Family Pride

Profiles in gay life

Patrick Keeney

Patrick Keeney is the author of Liberalism, Communitarianism and Education: Reclaiming Liberal Education (Ashgate, 2007) and co-editor of Prospero: A Journal of New Thinking in Philosophy for Education. He is an adjunct professor in the faculty of education at Simon Fraser University and can be reached at

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Patrick Keeney


Ignored by modern philosophy, maligned by the Enlightenment, friendship hasn’t had a champion since the Greeks December 2016
The Enlightenment instantiated a wide-ranging cultural revolution that reshaped western identity. It is the crucible from which modern western societies emerged, and our mental architecture continues to employ the categories, language and concepts of its thought. As the Italian scholar Vincenzo Ferrone memorably put it, the Enlightenment is the “laboratory of modernity.” So while it might take some effort to imaginatively…

The Learned Society

Why there is no substitute for a liberal education. May 2016
It was Plato who first set forth a systematic theory of education and articulated the symbiotic relationship that holds between politics and education. He revealed how alterations to the political order must necessarily affect the education of the citizenry and vice versa. Hence, when a state alters its educational aims, political changes of the first order are bound to…