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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

1. BACKGROUND/EARLY LIFE

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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