George P. Grant (1918-88) was one of Canada’s premier political philosophers and stands as the benchmark for the Red Tory Tradition.
He can also be credited with introducing the thought of Nietzsche, Heidegger and Simone Weil to Canada, critically analyzing their work seriously for the first time.
Grant’s Red Toryism has been revived and modified in the UK, but for a look at the essential thought of its chief architect, this book is a must read.
Included in this work are essays in political theology, along with previously unpublished letters and classnotes that are critical to an understanding of Grant’s ‘primacy of the Good’ vis-a-vis the ‘primacy of freedom-as-mastery.’
Especially important is the analysis of his theological relationship to Simone Weil and an appropriation of his work to rise above the culture wars of left and right.