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Gairdner, William D. (William Douglas) 1940-

Overview
Works: 29 works in 142 publications in 1 language and 3,803 library holdings
Genres: Sources  History  Academic theses  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Editor, htt, Translator, Contributor
Classifications: HN103.5, 971.049
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Most widely held works about William D Gairdner
 
Most widely held works by William D Gairdner
The book of absolutes : a critique of relativism and a defence of universals by William D Gairdner( )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Current dogma holds that all cultures and moral values are conditional, nothing human is innate, and Einstein proved that the whole universe is relative. Challenging this position, William Gairdner argues that relativism is not only logically and morally self-defeating but that progress in scientific and intellectual disciplines has actually strengthened the case for absolutes, universals, and constants of nature and human nature." "Gairdner refutes the popular belief in cultural relativism by showing that there are hundreds of well-established cross-cultural human universals. He then discusses the many universals found in physics - as well as Einstein's personal regret at how his work was misinterpreted in the public's eagerness to promote relativism. Gairdner also gives a lively account of the many universals of human biology, including the controversial topic of universal gender differences or "brain sex." He looks at universal concepts of both natural and international law, and ends by discussing language theory. Gairdner shows how philosophers from Nietzsche to Derrida have misused linguistic concepts to justify their relativism, even though a sustained and successful effort by serious scientists and philosophers of language has revealed myriad universals of human language, ranging from language acquisition, to word-order, to Universal Grammar."--Jacket
The great divide : why liberals and conservatives will never, ever agree by William D Gairdner( )

5 editions published between 1909 and 2015 in English and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the differences between modern liberalism and conservatism and how those believing in either philosophy disagree on a wide range of topics
The trouble with Canada by William D Gairdner( Book )

17 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trouble with Canada-- still! : a citizen speaks out by William D Gairdner( )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now, in this completely revised update, Gairdner rejoins the battle, showing that Canada suffered a disturbing regime-change in the last quarter of the twentieth century and is now caught between two irreconcilable styles of government: a top-down collectivism and a bottom-up individualism. Corrupted by a dangerous love affair with taking instead of making, we have betrayed our founding principles by confusing liberty with equality. The result is a regime besotted with high taxation and big government, a welfare culture that rewards laziness, and a hug-a-thug mentality that betrays justice. Gairdner boldly shows the links between lax immigration policies and home-grown terrorism, skewers the corrosive attack on Western culture masquerading as multiculturalism, and exposes the radical reshaping of our national life--often by intentional contravention of the will of the people--by Canada's judges
The war against the family : a parent speaks out by William D Gairdner( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Believing it is high time for someone to speak out in defense of the family, William Gairdner, the author of The Trouble with Canada, has turned his attention to what he calls the "civil war of values" that is weakening the soul of the family in Canada. Among his findings: Traditional marriage is being demoted in our children's textbooks as only one choice among many types of "family" relationships; Massive funding is given to radical lobby groups devoted to destroying the family, while those supporting it go begging; "Sex education," at one time the concern of families, has become the property of "sexologists" and peer groups; The mainline churches have abandoned souls for political causes and pagan theories; The law and the courts of the land are decimating the traditional privileges of the family in the name of individual "rights." In writing that is vigorous and compelling, Gairdner traces the war against the family to a political ideology springing from Plato, Rousseau, and a utopian liberalism that has become a caricature of itself, everywhere promoting rights but forgetting duties. Powered by this ideology, the modern State, eager for votes and hostile to freedom, effectively weakens the family unit, which it sees as a bastion of privacy, privilege, and authority. In The War Against the Family, Gairdner throws down the gauntlet, forcing into the open a much-needed debate about the future of the family in Western societies. The family of today and future generations are sure to benefit. - Jacket flap
Oh, oh, Canada! : a voice from the Conservative resistance by William D Gairdner( )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For more than two decades, William D. Gairdner has been a major voice from the conservative resistance, primarily through his bestselling books The Trouble with Canada, The War Against the Family, and The Trouble with Democracy. Now, in this new book, his passionate, probing, and provocative intellect is hard at work, ranging over hot button issues of the day in the spheres of culture, the family, politics, and science. His quick-hit, entertaining, and rousing chapters include "Late Night Thoughts on Equality," "Baby Seals and Babies," "Mourning Marriage," and "Six Types of Freedom." Here's what the famous conservative thinker William F. Buckley Jr. said about Gairdner's The Trouble with Canada: "His mobilizing passion wonderfully animates an analytical precision that should be the reason for a national-binational-celebration."
The critical wager : essays on criticism and the architecture of ideology by William D Gairdner( Book )

9 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constitutional crack-up : Canada and the coming showdown with Quebec by William D Gairdner( Book )

10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constitution and controversies. Quebec and Canada
The trouble with democracy : a citizen speaks out by William D Gairdner( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On higher ground : reclaiming a civil society by William D Gairdner( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at many of the political, social, and moral issues facing Canada today, and argues for a society with moral clarity, social excellence, and the acceptance of personal responsibility as some of the steps to freeing Canada from the debilitating effects of the debt and the nanny state
After liberalism : essays in search of freedom, virtue, and order( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nation of bastards : essays on the end of marriage by Douglas Farrow( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Canada's founding debates by Janet Ajzenstat( )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2022 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Canada's Founding Debates is about Confederation - about the process that brought together six out of the seven territories of British North America in the years 1864-73 to form a country called Canada. It presents excerpts from the debates on Confederation in all of the colonial parliaments from Newfoundland to British Columbia and in the constituent assembly of the Red River Colony. The voices of the powerful and those of lesser note mingle in impassioned debate on the pros and cons of creating or joining the new country, and in defining its nature. In short explanatory essays and provocative annotations, the editors sketch the historical context of the debates and draw out the significance of what was said. By organizing the debates thematically, they bring out the depth of the founders concern for issues that are as vital today as they were then: the meaning of liberty, the merits of democracy, the best form of self-government, the tension between collective and individual rights, the rule of law, the requirements of political leadership, and, of course, the nature of Canadian nationality. Canada's Founding Debates offers a fresh and often surprising perspective on Canada's origins, history, and political character. Previously published by Stoddart Publishing, 1999
Consciousness in the novels of Virginia Woolf by William D Gairdner( )

9 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The war against the family : a parent speaks out on the political, economic, and social policies that threaten us all by William D Gairdner( Book )

2 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rethinking track and field : the future of the world's oldest sport by Alphonse G Juilland( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Speaking out by William D Gairdner( )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comparison of verbal association patterns in aged and young adults by William D Gairdner( )

2 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The war against the family. by William D Gairdner( Book )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The critical wager by William D Gairdner( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The book of absolutes : a critique of relativism and a defence of universals
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The great divide : why liberals and conservatives will never, ever agreeThe trouble with CanadaThe trouble with Canada-- still! : a citizen speaks outThe war against the family : a parent speaks outOh, oh, Canada! : a voice from the Conservative resistanceThe critical wager : essays on criticism and the architecture of ideologyThe trouble with democracy : a citizen speaks outOn higher ground : reclaiming a civil society
Alternative Names
Bill Gairdner Canadees historicus

Bill Gairdner Canadian decathlete

Bill Gairdner Canadian decathlete and hurdler

Bill Gairdner kanadischer Zehnkämpfer, Hürdenläufer, Geschäftsmann und Schriftsteller

Gairdner, Bill 1940-

Gairdner, William 1940-

Gairdner, William D.

Gairdner, William Douglas.

Gairdner, William Douglas 1940-

William D. (William Douglas) Gairdner

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English (135)