I’m a 20-something (not impressed by my rapidly advancing years) aspiring legal academic, with a vague sense of purpose and direction in life, but absolutely no idea how I’m going to get there. All I know is I love what I do, and I’d rather enjoy my career and be poor(er), than sell my soul in a city law firm somewhere. I’m originally from the Isle of Man which, for those of you who don’t know where it is (i.e. the vast majority of the world’s population), is a small island between Liverpool and Dublin, usually famous for Manx cats (no tails) and the Isle of Man TT (no sanity). It is a beautiful island spoilt only by greed, corruption and rampant NIMBY-ism.
As law is such a massive part of my life, I suppose it deserves its own special little section. I originally started out at University determined to become another hot-shot city lawyer, with a lucrative training contract at a magic circle firm and then move back to the Island, take up a partnership in a commercial firm there. Then contract law hit, and my priorities changed. If anyone finds anything more dull than reading through pages and pages of contractual terms looking for a vitiating factor or a contractual mistake, please, for my sanity and yours, don’t tell me. It’s better you keep it to yourself. This left me at a bit of a conundrum, but then I noticed that I did far more work for Constitutional law than any other subject, and I actually enjoyed it. This carried on into Human Rights, International Law and finally Jurisprudence, until people like Kant, Fuller, Dworkin and Hart took over my life, and I’ve never looked back. There’s no better feeling than sitting down with a copy of Fuller’s Morality of Law and reading over his genius again and again, able to pick out deficiencies and watch him try to rectify those while grappling with something so familiar, the idea of the law. Prior to my second year Human Rights class I’d never read a single word of philosophy, and now I’m working my way through the classics as quick as I can to make up for lost time.
About this blog
I first started this blog as a means to express the thoughts I had that wouldn’t fit into 140 character tweets. I am incredibly bad at updating it (something I intend to rectify). My intentions for the blog have changed over time. I suppose I see the blog now as a place where I can let my thoughts wander. I often find several things per day that frustrate me or make me curious, and this is where I intend to explore them a little more. One of my main aims is to relate real world situations and events to wider philosophical questions and issues. The deeper I get into my academic work, the more drawn I have become to political philosophy, and I find that there is a significant disconnection between what we see in the world around us, and the thinking and writing done throughout history by political and general philosophers. I have no idea how or if this is going to work yet, but I intend to find out!