Alexandre Lefebvre interviews Paul Patton
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Alexandre Lefebvre: Thanks so much for agreeing to this interview. I’d like to start by asking you to situate your training and work. What I find most exciting and encouraging about your approach is that you work between Anglo-American and Continental political theory, guided by the conviction that these two traditions are mutually illuminating. Can you tell me what brought you to this particular intersection and how you work within it?
Paul Patton: Thank you for proposing this interview. The easiest way to answer your question is to recount some of my early training and experiences in philosophy. I began to study philosophy at the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s. At the time, the University of Sydney offered an entirely analytic programme, with very little history of philosophy, let alone anything Continental. I became interested in the philosophy of language and later the philosophy of science. This was a politically turbulent period in Australia as it was elsewhere. The...
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