Michael Ignatieff: The philosopher politician
The March issues of Prospect, the British political magazine, features a great article on Michael Ignatieff, the Canadian historian cum British intellectual cum Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Director cum Canadian politician. Igatieff is now the leader of the Canadian Liberal party and likely future prime minister. His introductory speech to the 2005 Liberal party conference highlights the necessary discourse that philosophers can add to political debate:
“I’m not here to tell you something new. I’m here to remind you of something you’ve always known: the fundamentals of Liberal belief. I’m not going to talk about programmes and policies. We talk too much about them, frankly, and not enough about the fundamentals.”
Here’s to hoping more philosophers take the political plunge.