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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff
Hitchens vs. Blair: Be It Resolved Religion Is a Force for Good in the World - Christopher Hitchens, Tony Blair Neither Hitchens' nor Blair's arguments are terribly persuasive here. Hitchens argues that religion is not a force for good in the world because of the bad things religion has been responsible for (think Spanish Inquisition, Crusades, etc.). Blair believes the opposite, citing the good religion has done.

It's a shame, really. This could've been a great debate, but Hitchens is too acerbic and Blair really isn't a great spokesman for religion. As usual, Kurt Godel summed it up best when he said (and I paraphrase) religions are for the most part harmful—but religion is not. That might sound like a mealy-mouthed proposition, but I think he's absolutely right. Hitchens argues (correctly) that religions have done much evil, but he misses the fact that religion is a different beast. Blair argues that religions are good, when in fact he ought to have argued thusly for religion; then he would have stood a chance at defending himself.