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- ItemThe Canadian political crisis(Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, 2008-12) von Heyking, JohnCanada faces a political crisis, and potentially a crisis of national unity, that it has never seen before. Harper’s Conservatives won a minority government in October. Yet, in just six short weeks, his government is facing defeat in Parliament, and the country is faced with the prospect of government being taken over by a coalition of Liberals, New Democrats, and Bloc Quebecois who currently form the Opposition.
- ItemThe charter and civil religion(Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009) von Heyking, John"Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, along with the Supreme Court, is the focal point for an evocation of civil religion ... The manner in which important constitencies speak of the Charter ... reveals an attempt ... to create a civil religion based upon the language of rights found in the Charter that postulates Canada participates in the unfolding of a progressive history toward a more democratic and egalitarian future in which individuals are thought to be unencumberedby history, nature, religion, tradition, or community."
- ItemCivil religion and human rights in Canada(Conference on ”Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Conscience, Right for Unification: International and Russian Experience of Application: The 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights., 2008-04) von Heyking, JohnOne of the reasons why religious pluralism flourishes to the degree it does in Canada and the United States is because, as immigrants, we have inherited a cultural attitude of healthy skepticism toward what politics can achieve. We have a cultural inheritance of recognizing that religious persecution is frequently the result of attempts by political rulers to establish political uniformity with dubious and overreaching civic ideals. Wehave a cultural inheritance of recognizing that human happiness is better achieved within religious communities, through education, than in larger political communities where those ideals are enforced with the sword. In short, we have a cultural inheritance of recognizing the limits of state power and laws to promote public morality, which sustains a public understanding of the limits of what politics can achieve in promoting human happiness and virtue.
- ItemDavid Walsh's anamnesis of modernity: a preface to a preface(Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2010-04) von Heyking, JohnWalsh’s anamnesis moves among modernity’s three pillars: rights, science, and the turn to existence (MPR xii). All three volumes consider these three pillars with varying degrees of intensity. Additionally, his reflections within these volumes are of necessity circumscribed by these pillars because they are not to be understood as concepts, but rather as the core of a practice whose nature is intimated only in its unfolding; or, as Kant explains, our consciousness of the dispositions to virtue can only be known in the effect they have on the mind ...
- ItemDisarming, simple, and sweet: Augustine's republican rhetoric(Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005) von Heyking, John
- ItemEconomic implications of the asocial society: a scoping review of loneliness among young adults across the life course(University of Lethbridge, 2023) Boco, Adebiyi G.; Hallstrom, Lars K.; Ofori Dei, Samuel M.; Onyeso, Ogochukwu K.; Sowunmi, Eileen; Swanepoel, Lisa-Marie; Wilson, BrieLoneliness — the subjective experience of social isolation — is a pervasive social issue, negatively impacting individuals across the life course. Loneliness and its consequences have primarily been studied in older populations. Yet, recent data indicates that loneliness is on the rise among young adults globally, including in Canada. The economic consequences of loneliness among young adults are increasingly being recognized. In this scoping review, we asked what the existing research tells us about the economic impacts and dimensions of loneliness among young adults in Canada and internationally. This review mapped and synthesized the available evidence on the economic impacts of loneliness and interventions targeted to reduce loneliness in young adults (15-35 years) in Canada and globally, highlighting gaps and areas for future research.
- ItemEstablishing true community in philia among students: teaching the Eric Voegelin Reader(The Eric Vogeline Society, 2018) von Heyking, JohnAbstract not available
- ItemThe figure of Socrates and its significance for liberal education in Asia(Association of Cambridge Studies, 2018) von Heyking, JohnThis essay contributes to the ongoing debate concerning the value of liberal education in East Asia, and how well Western models of liberal education fit with East Asian cultures. It addresses the inadequacy of the two main arguments presented in these debates: 1) utility, whether liberal education provides critical thinking skills to help East Asian countries “catch up” to the West and 2) whether Western liberal education carries with it individualism that is incompatible with East Asian culture. In response to these arguments, this essay considers the figure of Socrates as a transpolitical figure, and a way of considering the place of liberal education in East Asia. Socratic freedom as the ideal of liberal education presents intractable challenges to all political regimes and cultures because it aims higher than their goals and aims. Therefore those interested in liberal education and those responsible for administering institutions where liberal education gets taught need to be attentive to the difference between Socratic freedom and the varying degrees of freedom their respective political societies permit.
- ItemFriendship and language(Valparaiso University, 2007) von Heyking, JohnAmericans, even when not stranded on their rooftops, seem to have lost the art of friendship. They seem to be unsure just what to do with a friend. They know how to unite their bodies, but not their souls. They seem to have forgotten a rich heritage in Western thinking on the meaning of friendship. The ancient Greeks thought that friendship at its best involved conversing about the noble and the good.
- ItemFriendship in light of the modern philosophical revolution(Redeemer Pacific College, 2009) von Heyking, John"Modernity constitutes a completion over antiquity in the sense that it establishes the incompleteness of philosophy in a way antiquity failed to see. If Socrates represents the greatestinsights of antiquity, Kierkegaard represents the modern thinker who saw this advance the most clearly. I wish to assess Walsh’s claim with reference to friendship, the culmination of the ethical life – or existence – for the ancients. The modern philosophical revolution, with its turn toward existence, deepens our awareness of the unconditioned, personal love at the heart of existence."
- ItemFrom a wooded summit : learning to love through augustinian meditation in Ascona(Konigshausen & Neumann, 2004) von Heyking, JohnThis paper focuses on the way ... Eranos scholars used Augustinian symbols to explicate the tensional relationship between time and eternity, finitude and infinity, creation and God, and human being and God that Eranos scholars have theorized about, and that thinkers have been grappling with since Plato characterized human existence as a cave and wondered how to convince philosophers to reenter it.
- ItemGod's co-workers: Remi Brague's treatment of the divine law of Christianity(Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2009-04) von Heyking, JohnOur imprudence is related to our confusion about the nature of law, which, as Rémi Brague demonstrates in his The Law of God: The Philosophical History of an Idea, derives from the modern rejection of certain presuppositions of divine law found among the three Abrahamic traditions, especially in the understandings expressed during the Middle Ages.
- ItemHealth and well-being of Hutterite farmers in Alberta: results from the Sustainable Farm Families Alberta program(Wolter Kluwer, 2023) Adandom, Henrietha ; Ofori-Dei, Samuel M.; Hallstrom, Lars K.Introduction: This article describes the health and lifestyle profile of Hutterite farmers in Alberta who participated in a health literacy education program. Methods: Longitudinal quantitative and qualitative data from the sustainable farm families (SFF) Alberta program (2014–2017) were used to describe the health and lifestyle profile of Hutterites. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and conventional and summative content analysis. Results: Four hundred and twenty-seven Hutterite men and women aged 18–75 years participated in a health literacy education program. About 50%–80% of Hutterites reported good health status, no hearing or sleeping problems, little to no body pain, fewer breathing and bladder difficulties and no constipation/diarrhoea. On average, the risk of diabetes was low (mean = 3.4) with total glucose (mean = 5.2) and cholesterol (mean = 3.5) within normal levels. Mental health outcomes such as anxiety (mean = 4.1), stress (mean = 6.7) and depression (mean = 3.1) were also within normal to mild ranges. Qualitative data showed that Hutterite farmers are committed to maintaining physical health and adopting strategies to improve mental health and lifestyle behaviours. Conclusion: Hutterites have recognisable health challenges like other rural farming communities but are aware of their physical and mental health challenges and engage in healthy lifestyle behaviours. The Hutterite tenets of living present a perfect ecological setting for sustainable health promotion intervention.
- ItemHistory brought into a form: political storytelling(De Gruyter, 2020) von Heyking, JohnStorytelling is the form of the collective life we call politics. Politics is about performing actions and subsequently sharing stories about those actions. To answer the question posed as the title of this volume, history emerges when human beings perform actions together, and then reflect together upon those actions, frequently as Homer says they feast “at rows of tables throughout the banquet hall.” History emerges from the “eranos” or “love feast” people share. This essay examines the experiential core of this transition from action to thought, and back to action again, by considering Homer’s presentation of Odysseus’ visit to the land of the Phaeacians and his conversation with King Alcinous. The essay then considers a 20th-century instantiation of storytelling as history in the form of the statesman, Winston Churchill.
- ItemHoly moly under the terebinth tree: a response to my friends(Ficino Publications, 2017) von Heyking, JohnThe author responds to the five insightful reviews of his book, The Form of Politics: Aristotle and Plato. He focuses upon their questions regarding the degree to which the daimonic form of political friendship he expounds can operate under conditions of modernity, and on the symbol of this daimonism in Hermes.
- ItemIran's President and the politics of the Twelfth Imam(Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, 2005-11) von Heyking, JohnWestern observers need to be able to understand the ideological and religious overtones of the current situation in Iran. Ahmadinejad’s peculiar references to the Twelfth Imam are no mere eccentricity to be taken lightly. Nor do they seem to be the rhetorical ploy of a politician manipulating the excitable masses
- ItemIs political friendship possible in the modern age?(2007) von Heyking, JohnLectures presented for the Chester Ronning Centre for Pluralism at Augustana University College (Camrose, AB) and The Kings University College (Edmonton, AB),