I approach philosophy from a different angle than most. The fact that I (partially) pursued it in a Masters as an addition to my existing analytical skills developed through social sciences (and really without any prior engagement in it) means that I always had certain preconceptions in my approach to philosophy which separated me from my peers – although they themselves of course had their own different backgrounds. Nobody is that special.
It took me a long time to rid myself of the liberal-institutionalist-idealist background which forms the major basis of political economy and particularly government/political science. The general snarkiness towards Marxist practice and governments (if not theory), combined with a eulogising of institutional reformism (if only Post-Keynesians ran the world) meant that though my instincts and political prejudices were well developed, my general analytical skills were in some sense rather lacking. When in World Politics class the lecturer asserted that at one point or another we would have to put ourselves in the box of Realist, Liberal or Marxist, I found myself consistently unable to do so. Continue reading “Hegel in an Age Beyond Europe”