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Charles Taylor interviewed

The Canadian philosopher talks to Prospect about religion, multiculturalism and the future of the left

By Ben Rogers   February 2008


BEN ROGERS What drew you to philosophy?

CHARLES TAYLOR I guess I just got angry. I studied history at McGill University, in Montreal, and then I came to Balliol, Oxford, to do PPE and I thought it was going to be mainly politics. But it was the fag end of a kind of post-positivist era in which—unluckily for me—there were two very tired dons who were fed up with the subject, and who gave lectures sub-sub-sub-Hume in a bored tone of voice. I thought: this can’t be what it’s all about, so I began to move around…

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