SANITY, MADNESS AND THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE
ACADEMIC PHILOSOPHY AND RADICAL PH.LdY;OPHY
PHILOSOPHY ON FILM
Benj amin Gibbs
ON SEEING THINGS DIFFERENTLY
Ri chard Nonnan
TWO KINDS OF MARXISM
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SEEING THINGS INDIFFERENTLY?
(Notes on Richard Nonnan’ s Article)
NATURALISM IS NOT ENOUGH
EXAMINATIONS AND ACADEMIC ILLITERAC
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PHILIPPA FOOT’S DEFINITION OF MORALITY
PHILOSOPHY AND THE WORLD
IS THERE A MARXIST SOCIOLOGY?
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Radical Philosophy is philosophy which deals
This means that it has to penetrate the surface presentation of issues; it cannot
take its problems straight from some unexamined list
of received “phi 1osophical puzzl es”.
In this sense,
then, radical phi losophy just is philosophy.
Why then the pleonasm radical philosophy?
First, we think that philosophy as it is generally
practiced in Britain today lacks this quality.
professional practitioners, including ourselves, have
become trapped in self -perpetuating insti tutionalisations,
habits of thought, of what philosophy is about.
this issue Jonathan Ree attempts to bring this out with
special reference to Oxford.)
To do proper philosophical
work, we think, philosophers have to come into active
conflict with these accepted and institutionally reinforced structures — to be radical in their practice of
Secondly, we are aware of the role of uncriticized
“philosophies” in supporting an oppressive social
structure. Academic philosophy, and most obviously
poli tical, moral and educational philosophy has not
penetrated these ideologies. Rather it has contrihuted
to them. In criticizing and going beyond this sort of
philosophy, then, we shall be calling more than bad
philosophy into question. In this way we want to
establish the tie between radicalism in philosophy and
in wider political life.
We are embarking on a co-operative project in the
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In th i s
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Thinkers of the stature of Goldmann (a~d
Georg Lukacs, both of whom died last year) have been
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