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The Doubter's Companion

Author: John Ralston Saul

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476718941

Category: Education

Page: 352

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A long and distinguished tradition of writers have used the form of a satirical dictionary to undermine the received ideas of their day. Voltaire wrote a sharply humorous "Philosophical Dictionary," while Samuel Johnson's dictionary of the English language was derisive and opinionated. These early dictionaries and encyclopedias were really weapons in a struggle for the soul of civilization between forces of humanistic enlightenment and the forces of orthodoxy and dogmatism. Their authors attacked and exposed the half-truths of their day by showing that it was possible to think differently about the social and political arrangements that everyone took for granted. But as John Ralston Saul argues in this decidedly unorthodox book, modern dictionaries have once again been captured by the forces of orthodoxy—albeit this time a rationalist orthodoxy. Our language has become as predictable, fragmented, and rhetorical as it was in the 18th century, divided as it is by special interest groups into dialects of expertise that are hermetically sealed off and inaccessible to citizens. In The Doubter's Companion, a mar­velous subversive contribution to the great 18th century tradition of the humanist dictionary, Saul skewers and discredits the accepted content of common terms like Advertising, Academics, and Air Conditioning (defined as "an efficient means for spreading disease in enclosed public spaces"); Cannibal, Conservative, and Croissant; Dandruff, Death, and Dictionary ("opinions presented as truth in alphabetical order"); and several hundred others, including Biography ("a respectable form of pornography"), Museum ("safe storage for stolen objects"), and Manners ("people are always splendid when they're dead"). There is much in this volume that will stimulate, offend, provoke, perplex, and entertain. But Saul deploys these tactics of guerilla lexicography to advance the more serious purpose of reclaiming public language from the stultifying dialects of modern expertise.
The Doubter's Companion
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: John Ralston Saul
Categories: Education
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-11-06 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

A long and distinguished tradition of writers have used the form of a satirical dictionary to undermine the received ideas of their day. Voltaire wrote a sharply humorous "Philosophical Dictionary," while Samuel Johnson's dictionary of the English language was derisive and opinionated. These early dictionaries and encyclopedias were really weapons
Mr. and Mrs. G. G.
Language: en
Pages: 247
Authors: Frank Davey
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher: ECW Press

Mr. & Mrs. G.G. takes a bemused look at Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul, Canada's first mixed-race vice-regal couple. From the chronicling of Clarkson's rags-to-riches career to intriguing analyses of Saul's male adventure novels, author Frank Davey provides a fascinating portrait of one of Canada's most conventionally unconventional couples.
Corporate Social Responsibility in the 21st Century
Language: en
Pages: 456
Authors: Bryan Horrigan
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-01-01 - Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

As corporate states join the universe of nation states, the challenge of securing both corporate social responsibility and accountability becomes one of the core challenges facing the social and legal order. Bryan Horrigan s masterly, comprehensive account of this protean subject offers an assured guide for future thought and action.
Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English
Language: en
Pages: 1676
Authors: Eugene Benson, L.W. Conolly
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-11-30 - Publisher: Routledge

Post-Colonial Literatures in English, together with English Literature and American Literature, form one of the three major groupings of literature in English, and, as such, are widely studied around the world. Their significance derives from the richness and variety of experience which they reflect. In three volumes, this Encyclopedia documents
Retribution
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Lawrence Clarke
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-07-27 - Publisher: iUniverse

Love is never easy, especially as a closeted lesbian with a successful career. Its even more difficult when you are a closeted lesbian with a penchant for murder. Detective Sergeant Kira Lang meets Molly Treacher at a high-end lesbian club in downtown Cleveland, and the two women fall hard for