On National Identity: A Response to Jonathan Rée

On National Identity A Response to Jonathan Ree Ross Poole Jonathan Ree’s ‘Internationality’l makes a number of significant contributions to the sparse philosophical literature on nationalism. The concept which gives the paper its title promises, I think, to be particularly useful. Just as we are now accustomed to think of individual subjects as constituted in and through relations of intersubjectivity, so Ree suggests we should think of individu...

Lacan: A Reply to Rée

...ssue on pp261-71. LACAN: A REPLY TO REE ANTONY EASTHOPE I won’t comment on Jonathan Ree’s harsh and over-personalised attack on Coward and Ellis (Radical Philosophy 23) except to say it was at the least unfraternal – whatever the inadequacies of Coward and Ellis’ position it is not one that offers much comfort to Sir Keith Joseph and his like. But it was a pity that Lacan, about whom we are sure to hear a lot more, should first surface in Radical...

Internationality

...tical treatment of myth. Philosophy, he claimed, had begun with Socrates’ Greek reaction to Greek myths, but subsequently it had been necessary for each national dialectic to nourish itself with the myths of other nations, because it would be unable to draw sustenance from its own: a kind of philosophical exogamy was necessary for the survival of national cultures. For Hegel, politics was the process by which society becomes conscious of itself, a...

Tactics, ethics, or temporality?: Heidegger's politics reviewed

...ound in Bourdieu’s The Political Ontology of Martin Heidegger (reviewed by Jonathan Ree in RP 60). Sluga exchanges the formalist empiricism of Bourdieu’s analysis for a broadly Foucauldian approach to the discursive constitution of the philosophical field. Yet he too may be accused of 20 overstating the continuity of the Third Reich with the Weimar period – the continuity of a diversity which is said to remain ‘essentially intact’ – at the cost of...

Charles Taylor, Strong Hermeneutics and the Politics of Difference

...of philosophical discourse tend to occlude. Broadly speaking, there are three degrees of scepticism to the view that ideals are answerable to reason. According to the first, practical reason is extended beyond its legitimate scope when applied to ideals. ‘First degree’ sceptics doubt if ideals can be subject to reason on account of their unsuitability for universalisation: different people can hold incompatible ideals with equally good reason. Wh...

Hearing the silence

...Réeʼs book is concerned with the historical development of both systems * Jonathan Rée, I See a Voice: A Philosophical History of Language, Deafness and the Senses, HarperCollins, London, 1999. xvi + 399 pp., £19.99 hb., 0 00 255793 2.and with the competition between them that, to some degree, persists to this day. But it concludes with the realization that the language of gesture is, in fact, just as much a natural language as any spoken languag...

Philosophy in China

...attempt to counteract academic elitism, courses have been shortened (to three years for a first degree), students are required to spend several years working in the countryside before being enrolled, and both teachers and students are required to do regular stints of manual labour and to go and teach and learn amongst the masses. We also knew that teaching methods would be conservative by Western standards. Students, we discovered, are timetabled...

Preface to Rancière’s ‘Proletarian Nights’

...t, VI.49S. * With acknowledgement for help and suggestions from Pete Dews, Jonathan Ree, Mike Shortland, Carolyn Sumberg. Lukas, Heidegger and Fascism Mark Tebbitt It has long been acknowledged that there is a necessity to develop a rational Marxist response to 20th-century existentialism. The post-War debates on this subject have almost inevitably tended to focus on the development of Sartre’s philosophy, on his dialogues with official Marxism in...

Timely Meditations

Timely Meditations Jonathan Ree Review Essay on Richard Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1989, 201pp. £25 hb, £7.95 pb, 0521353815 hb, o 521 36781 6 pb. It is now some years since Richard Rorty broke with American analytic philosophy, for reasons he spelt out in Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1980) and Consequences of Pragmatism (1982). He had come to the conclusion that it was committed to an...

Powerless companions or fellow travellers?: Human rights and the neoliberal assault on post-colonial economic justice

..., and proposed that there may be a qualitative difference between ‘formal freedoms’ (the traditional natural rights of liberty, security and property) and ‘real freedoms’ (rights to work, leisure, housing, development, etc.), and that ‘respect for natural rights may be the condition sine qua non of real economic and social development’. 64 Looking back, Malhuret argued that the French in 1777 or 1778 were in exactly the same economic situation as...

English Philosophy in the Fifties

...2 November 1957); cited in Ritchie, Success Stories, pp. 172, 157. 25 See Jonathan Ree, Proletarian Philosophers, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1984. 26 Viscount Samuel, Memoirs, London, Cresset Press, 1945, pp. 248-9; see also the letter from Viscount Samuel, W.D. Ross and Lord Lindsay of Birker, Mind LV, 219, July 1946, p. 287. See the chapter on ‘The triumph of positive thinking’ in Herbert Marcuse, One Dimensional M an, London, Routledge a...
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Proletarian Philosophy: A Version of Pastoral?

...s Completes, Third Edition, Paris, 1846, I, 102, xxxv, 191, 1.5~ [J Il See Jonathan Ree, Proletarian Philosophers: Problems l!!. Socialist Culture in Britain, 1900-1940, Oxford University Press, 1984. (1″2JSO Marcuse went wrong when he suggested that “acade’mic sadomasochism, self-humiliation and self-denunciation” were introduced into philosophy by Wittgenstein and Austin; they are, rather, a consequence of the structural constraints on the philo...

On ‘African Philosophy’: With an Introduction by Jonathan Rée

...o much better than we have. This, obviously, presupposes the existence of freedom of expression, which in varying degrees so many of our present-day political regimes are endeavouring to stifle. But this means that the responsibility of African philosophers (and of all African scientists) extends far beyond the narrow limits of their discipline and that they cannot afford the luxury of self-satisfied apoliticisrn or quiescent complacency about the...

Why Habermas?

...ssue on pp261-71. LACAN: A REPLY TO REE ANTONY EASTHOPE I won’t comment on Jonathan Ree’s harsh and over-personalised attack on Coward and Ellis (Radical Philosophy 23) except to say it was at the least unfraternal – whatever the inadequacies of Coward and Ellis’ position it is not one that offers much comfort to Sir Keith Joseph and his like. But it was a pity that Lacan, about whom we are sure to hear a lot more, should first surface in Radical...

New Right Utopias

...s can only be politically defined, and are thus regarded as inadmissable. Freedom is entirely negative freedom, the absence of restraint, deregulation – although ironically many proposals involve an increase in centralised power, and an increasing reliance on legal procedures for those who can afford them. Freedom is also seen in entirely economic terms, as ‘economic freedom is the essence of personal freedom’ . Criticism of the proposals needs to...

Svelte Discourse’ and the Philosophy of Caution

...see W. 1. T. MitchelI (ed.), Against Theory (Chicago and London, 1985). 10 Jonathan Ree, ‘Proletarian Philosophy: A Version of Pastoral?’, RP 44, pp. 1-7 (p. 6) . ••••••••••••••••••••• The Journal of Film and Television 1988 issues include Cybernetics, Ownership, Ontology A Future for Left Culture7 The last Special Issue on’Race’ ••••••••••••••••••••• 1988 RATES (for 4 quarterly issues) £15.00: Individual inland £20.oo/US$38.oo*: Individual overse...

Lukács, Heidegger and Fascism

...t, VI.49S. * With acknowledgement for help and suggestions from Pete Dews, Jonathan Ree, Mike Shortland, Carolyn Sumberg. Lukas, Heidegger and Fascism Mark Tebbitt It has long been acknowledged that there is a necessity to develop a rational Marxist response to 20th-century existentialism. The post-War debates on this subject have almost inevitably tended to focus on the development of Sartre’s philosophy, on his dialogues with official Marxism in...

Marxism and Morality

...duate Corrunon Room Middlesex Polytechnic – Enfield: Roger Harris; Hendon: Jonathan Ree; Hornsey: Mike Dawney North London Polytechnic – Philip Edwards, Department of llistory and Philosophy, Polytechnic of North London, Prince of Wales Road ~;~~HESTER: S~)UTH~’lPTO:J: 1:1;,. ‘1.,~ ~’n 1< i,,' hC11'd ~~orman I D:lr~.vil1 Harry ';,'ilkins, lie:UCll-tme:1t L~,t~rsit~r 'ollegt~; :'t'rllrtmc~nt 1 :..::t ~,~lvid I: ~’...

Symposium: What is Radical Philosophy?

...“But nobody wants to do it. Surely you don’t want to attack our academic freedom?”. Academic freedom can be a two-edged sword from the student’s point of view, for we do not just want our ideas tolerated, we want them put into effect. From the student’s point of view the tendency is to see their complaints against the department as part of a much larger struggle, taking place through their Union, against the whole University system and, ultimatel...

Communist University, Teaching Philosophy, Socialist Economists, RPG Open Meeting, Oxford, London

...entitled to draw cheques: whoever convenes the editorial group (at present Jonathan Ree) , and whoever handles distribution (at present Noel Parker). Richard Norman,~as also named as a drawer to facilitate the transfer. (2) Jonathan Ree reported to the meeting on the situation regarding the magazine. Tony Ski11en has agreed to take over as reviews editor starting with issue No.7. The magazine is at present edited by a loosely defined board, of whi...

Metaphor and Metaphysics: The end of Philosophy and Derrida

...nd the classIcs of French philosophy, as is well known, ~”e German: the ‘three Hs’ (Hegel Husserl He.idegger), to~et~er w.ith their version of the ‘history of philosophy, begInnIng With Heraclitus. The Derridean procedure was unveiled to French readers in 1967, when he published three books – Grammato..!2u, Writing and Difference, and Speech and Phenomena all translated into English long ago. They are wayward works: a magpie’s collection of quotat...