Leo Ferrari

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Leo Charles Ferrari
BornDecember 8, 1927
DiedOctober 7, 2010(2010-10-07) (aged 82)
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada[2][3]
Education
OccupationPhilosophy professor
Years active1961–1995
EmployerSt. Thomas University
Title
Spouse(s)Lorna E. Drew[1]

Leo Charles Ferrari (December 8, 1927 – October 7, 2010) was a St. Thomas University philosophy professor, noted Saint Augustine scholar, and founding member of the parody organization Flat Earth Society of Canada.[1][2][3]

Flat Earth Society activities[edit]

Leo Ferrari was a founding member and head of the satirical Flat Earth Society of Canada, later renamed the Flat Earth Society (FES).[4]

In Ferrari's writings in support of the FES and the Flat Earth, he attributed everything from gender to racial inequality on the globularist and the Spherical Earth model.[5] Ferrari even claimed to have nearly fallen off "the Edge" of the Earth at Brimstone Head on Fogo Island.[6]

Ferrari was a key figure in the 1990 flat earth "documentary", In Search of the Edge.[7] In the accompanying study guide, Ferrari is outed as a "globularist," someone who believes the earth is spherical.[8] The intent of the film was to promote critical thinking about media by "[attempting] to prove in convincing fashion, something everyone knew to be false."[8]

Bibliography[edit]

  • The conversions of Saint Augustine. Villanova, Pennsylvania: Villanova University Press. 1984. ISBN 9780877230397. OCLC 17228498.
  • Different Minds/ Living with Alzheimer Disease. (with Lorna Drew). Villanova, Pennsylvania: Villanova University Press. 2005. ISBN 9780864924438. OCLC 17228498.
Published Essays
Human Rights Pamphlets
  • The rise of human rights; a Canadian outline. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Human Rights Commission, Dept. of Labour, 1970. OCLC 107688
  • Human rights and the Canadian Indian. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Human Rights Commission, Dept. of Labour, 1973. OCLC 3570417
  • Human rights in a changing world : the problem of preserving human values in the upheavals caused by science and technology. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Human Rights Commission, Dept. of Labour, 1977. OCLC 3968828
Poetry
  • The worm's revenge. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Mortuary Press, 1968. OCLC 18945843
  • Over the Edge: Poems in Grateful Celebration of Fifty Years of Life, Love and of Laughter. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Owl and the Pussycat, 1977. OCLC 5488675

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Biographical sketch". Leo C. Ferrari Fonds. UNB Archives and Special Collections. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Leo Charles Ferrari". New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia. St. Thomas University. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Leo Ferrari: obituary and death notice on InMemoriam". Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  4. ^ Fraser, Raymond (2007). When the Earth was flat. Windsor, Ontario, Canada: Black Moss Press. pp. 15–23. ISBN 9780887534393. OCLC 153913670.
  5. ^ http://mje.mcgill.ca/article/download/7006/4948
  6. ^ Colombo, John R (1984). Canadian Literary Landmarks. Dundurn. p. 19. ISBN 978-0888820730.
  7. ^ Barrie, Scott (Director); Marsh, Robert (Narrator) (2005). In search of the edge : an inquiry into the shape of the earth and the disappearance of Andrea Barns (DVD). Toronto, Ontario: Pancake Productions. ISBN 9781594582295. OCLC 81094526.
  8. ^ a b In search of the edge : an inquiry into the shape of the earth and the disappearance of Andrea Barns (PDF) ((Study Guide)). Barrie, Scott. Toronto, Ontario: Pancake Productions. 2005.

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