SS: What Matters?

What Matters? [from a recent lecture for English 273]

By Bob Lane

I want to thank Richard [VIU’s Dr. Richard Arnold] for inviting me and thank you for letting me participate in your class discussion. I want to share with you some general ideas today – ideas about life and about art, especially literary art.


Intention, text, interpretation

Myth = something that never happened but is always true.


  • All bachelors are unmarried adult males. (analytic)
  • 2 + 2 = 4

  • There are 22 people in this room now.(synthetic)

  • If there are 22 people in this room then there are more than 10.

  • Tay John chopped of a part of his arm.


John Dominic Crossan: “”Just because the Bible says “Jesus is the Lamb of God,” it doesn’t follow that Mary had a little lamb.”


“…The classical mind says, that’s only a story, but the modern mind says, there’s only story.”

“The ultimate limit is that human beings cannot get outside of story; we can get outside of particular stories, or particular forms of stories, but not outside of story as such. The world in which we live is a narrative world, created by and in our stories.”


Read the lecture notes here.



e-coli is a satirical online magazine that was a thorn in the side of many in the days of Malaspina University-College. It was edited, produced, and thrust upon the world wide web by my colleague Ian Johnston. It was and remains a brilliant piece of work!

One of the pieces you will want to read to discover how philosophy can help with your skin tone is titled From Hemlock to Cosmetics: Philosophy Comes of Age in the 21st Century“.

Another which captures a part of the discussion on curriculum at a university-college is “Deconstructing Pretense” which is here.

Take a look. Rummage around a bit – you’ll find something of interest, guaranteed!


See you now–
Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth;
And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,
With windlasses and with assays of bias,
By indirections find directions out.

Woodstock remembered


ZOOMER magazine has a piece with pictures in honour of the famous event, the iconic music festival.

Go here.

Several years ago The New York Times had a feature article on Woodstock (the event; Aug 1969) with a cool slideshow, some videos and text, and with some information about the movie that followed the event.

Bob wrote about the movie for the Vancouver Sun.

Go here.


Sunday’s Sermon

Bible Book


  Listen to a CBC Interview with the author.

Comments on the book.

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Brief Reviews of RTB

from Dr. John A. Black:
“Lucid and provocative…Reading the Bible will appeal to both the religious and the secular: the first will be challenged, the second enlightened, by this erudite presentation of a fresh view of ancient tradition.”

READING THE BIBLE: Intention, Text, Interpretation was exactly the text I wanted to bridge the ever-widening gap between the ancient stories and contemporary students. I used the book in a second-year university course which studied the influence of the King James Bible on two 20th-century fiction writers: Howard O’Hagan (Western Canada) and Flannery O’Connor (Southern U.S.). Robert Lane has a unique gift for both interpreting key passages/motifs, and putting them into 21st-century perspective. Virtually every student in the class at some point remarked that this book made it possible to finally understand where much of our modern literature comes from. Lane’s style—a combination of meticulous scholarship and humourous personal anecdote—makes it accessible to all students and does much to correct the woeful ignorance in our society about this critical topic.  I highly recommend this text for any university course, including graduate level, which is concerned with the literary, cultural, and mythological aspects of the Bible.

Reviewed by Richard Arnold, Ph.D., Professor of English, Vancouver Island University

Call for papers.


Call for papers
Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Dr Andrea Sangiacomo by October 15, 2016. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file (please do not use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message.

The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome of the review by December 20. We will do our best to send the reviewers’ reports to all participants in order to provide useful feedback on the abstracts.

There are no registration fees. Attendance is free and all listeners are welcome. No financial help, however, can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.

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