Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
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Wliile refusing to succumb to the onslaught of automa- tion and society's faith in tecluiology, philosophy has remained tho "most relevant of they say. Tba science of philosophy seeks reasoned an- swers to such questions as, "what is the nature of jus- "what, is the ultimate cause of the lives on, offering valuable insight into a myriad of complex problems aggravating the human condition. "Students just out of high school and beginning a study of philosophy, have no idea what the subject concedes Dr. Preuss. Mr. Fallen agrees, saying some students "never do de- velop much of a feeling for the subject." he adds, "it's net surprising. In most of his education prior (o university courses, a student's natural philosophical curiosity has often been pushed aside, as something contrary to the us- ual educational ends." DIFFERENT PEOPLE What are they like then, these serious-minded young people who do want to de- vote themselves lo the study of philosophy? "I find those who take the subject seriously are says Prof. Patten. "They have the disposition to question what is presented lo them. Often, they do not come lo university expecting concrete or monetary bens- fits their education." There are about 15 philoso- phy majors at the U of L this semester. Tho philosophy de- partment offers 26 philosophy courses, in which approxi- mately 200 students are en- rolled. "They aren't product-orien- adds Dr. Preuss. "They nre usually good writers, ex- press themselves easily and have an orderly mind." Mr. Patten mentions a the- ory which says people of tha plains and prairie region have a natural tendency to- wards a philosophical outlook because they are close to na- ture, and are aware of soli- tude and open spaces. Philosophical rumination, says the professor, is one of the most natural activities in which man can engage. UESUHGENCE In a society that has tend- ed to regard BS an 'oddball' the person who jets himself apart from the crowds to pon- der life's profound questions, has there been a return to the reasoned, logical ap- proach? Are people relying more on philosophical insight as a method of problem-solv- ing? "Most declare Dr. Preuss and Mr. Patten. They say there is a marked renaissance of philosophical thought: a natural resur- gence since man has more leisure time, is better edu- cated and more ready lo question truisms. And, emphasizes Dr. Preuss, the kinds of ques- tions perplexing mankind to- day are basically of a philo- sophical nature. For exam- ple, ecology and the related problems of energy shortage are all linked to the life-style of modem man. Man must stop and ponder what his des- tiny could be, if the same values are pursued indefinite- ly he must realize what re- sult certain actions may have for his future. Where, one might ask, do philosophy majors go, they have completed their ed- ucation? "Where all other peoplu with a general liberal educa- tion responds Dr. Preuss "Into various areas of soci- ety, hopefully enriched by their educational experi- ence." "Someone with a philoso- phy background often has skills at bringing disparate professions or areas of the same profession Mr. Patten replies, in a more practical vein. "Some law schools say they actually pre- fer to accept students have majored in philosophy especially with a back- ground in logic." In the near fulure, there may be more of a demand for the philosopher lo apply his reasoned approach to prob- lems plaguing industry, edu- cation and society. Philosophy, say tba pro- fessors, comprises a signifi- cant portion of any country's cultural heritage, whether citizens realize it or not. It is important to the continu- ing development of a society and its culture, that each new g e n e r ation become aware of the thoughts and attitudes of their "cultural fathers." People of North America are not overly oriented to the philosophical approach be- cause of their penchant for "the simple answer, tbo In- stant panacea." However, with the Increase In men's leisure time, and Hie necessity for fulfilling activities to replace formal work, Dr. Preuss and Mr. Patten are convinced people will become increasingly aware of the values of phil- osophy, the intellectual stim- ulus and worthwhile solu- tions It can provide. Change a nation's philoso- phy and you change its des- tiny, a philosopher might Commons question period hogged by front-benchers OTTAWA (CP) Considering it's a minority Parliament, with a hungry Opposition, the daily 40-minute oral question period has not lived up to expectations so far In this session. And It's not only the specta- tors who are disappointed by the lack of bright, or burning exchanges. Many opposition MPs are unhappy because they feel the front-bench veterans are hogging the show; and Lib- eral backbenchers are unhappy because Uiey say the opposition is hogging it. Tile matter is in the hands of the Commons com- mittee on procedure and organ- with other House it is unlikely that any formula will he found to eliminate all the complaints. While opposition MPs have suggested that the 40 minutes be extended, Liberal House Leader Allan MacEachen doubts whether this would solvi the problem. It's not simply a question of getting answers to all questions, he says, "In part the purpose of the question pe riod is to score political points and I think we ought to under stand thai." The standing orders of the Commons says the questions should be "on mailers of ur and each morning, a committee In each of the oppo- sition parties plans strategy fo the coming question period. This is the period when spectator galleries are in variably filled, the time whe: most cabinet ministers arc i the House, and the time trad tionally associated with politico action. But, with a few ex ceplions, there has been litll excitement in this session. TASK TRYING And It has been a difficu time for Speaker Lucien L; moureux who has the tryin task of recognizing each qua. tioncr, and trying to allocal the lime fairly among the thret opposition parlies, not to mci tion Liberal backbenchers. And so far as judging the u geney of questions is conccrne he has to hear most of them bt fore knowing the import, and b then there is little to bo gain by ruling them out of order. He has frequently said: "Th is a matter that should mo properly go tin the order pape but the question having bee asked perhaps the minist could reply briefly." There recently havo bee questions on tho dredging ol irbor, the construction ot a harf and the appearance of a pless dancer in a penitentiary. And when members rise with pplementary e quickest way to recog- sorts ot things can appen. Not long ago Adrien Lambert asked a uestion about the price of in- ustrial milk, and Fred McCain was n his feet wilh a suppletnent- lurned out to be about lushroonis. "I am not sure that there is a ircct link between milk and said the Speaker. Perhaps the suggestion is that is cream of mushroom soup." Mr. McCain was candid. Sometimes one has to use whatever pretext one can in or- er to get in a question." Steve Paproskl on Centre) recently got in a uestion about Ihe diminishing wpulation of timber wolves nd when he got recognized lor supplementary question he asked how many polar bears had been shot in the Arctic. And while questions should be asked as briefly na possible, without prior comment, Bomg veteran members have become masters of getting In the needlo jefore making the inquiry. A typical preface from John Jiefenbaker Al- "I would not want to break up this beaulif ul relation- ship between the Liberal party and the NDP, but in view of the fact that the banns have not yet been published. Then he asked the question. Question period, says John Lundrigan ngate) "is one time when we, as members of Parliament, can bring forward issues that are of monumental importance in a fo- rum in which they can be prop- erly aired." Says Kalph Stewart "We are all political beings; we all want to be given publicity in our Ant! all agree question period is the best one time of the day when the press gallery is full. The trouble is, the 40-minute period is not as exciting as It used to be, and no one seems happy about it. Brazil's economy best in decade RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil's military-run govern- ment is about to begin its 10th rear in power. Its success In getting the country back on its feet finan- cially Is as apparent as its record of political arrests. Tho armed forces took over Latin America's biggest country on March 31, ousting an Inept left-leading civilian ad- ministration. Governments under three mil- itary presidents since then have led to a remarkable economic boom but also have suppressed 100 million inhabitants' basic civil rights. say thou- are. in jail convicted ol or awaiting trial on charges of "endangering national secur- ity." Some of these prisoners he- longed U> underground guerrilla groups that robbed banks and attacked policemen In attempts to overthrow the government Many arc simply sus- pected of being Communist sympathizers. Censorship continues to bfl strict. This month the news- paper Jornal da Tarde in Sao Paulo published a cake recipe on ils editorial page after cen- sors ruled out a critical edito- rial. Had the paper run the ve- toed piece, federal police would have seized it as soon as It came off the presses. DEBATE FORBIDDEN The No. 1 no-no on the cen- sors' list is speculation about who the next president will be. The current president, retired general Emilio G. Medici, 67, has said that such debate can't start until months before the end of his five-year term. All indications are that the re- gime is basically honest, de- spite a recent embarrassing kickback scandal in the army and air force. It has built high- ways and brought electric power, schools and low-cost public housing to areas that got nothing under democratic ad- ministrations.