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,’Belgrade ProIesl
In the last three issues of Radical Philosophy we-reported on the
continued ba”rr~!sment of philosophers in Yugoslavia. The following letter from eight Belgrade philosophy professors was sent to
the Assembly of the Socia~ist Republic of Serbia earlier this year

The seven year long campaign against us – in which, in a way unprecedented in the postwar history of this country, all repressive
1 propaganda means w~re used and many political authorities mobilYUGOSLAVIA (Document)
ised, the present ones and some past ones – has by the force of
necessity reached its climax·.- By an arbitrary decision
3 which is contrary to the basic legal acts and the principles of
Paul Feyerabend
self-government on which the very fo~ndations of the existing
9 order should rest,.we have been ousted from our teaching positions
Bob Ecclesball
at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade.

This was done because all the pressures and threats used
Gabriel Josipovici
against us during those seven years, intended to split us and to
compel us to capitulate, eventually fail~d. The banning of books
17 and journals; elimination from mass media, from official cultural
Sonia Kruks
and scholarly institutions and from all public life; suspension of
24 financing for the projects of research in which we participated;
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the spreading of insulting rumours, confiscating passports;
harrassing and arresting the students who dared to support us;
30 attempts at corruption; threats of closing the Faculty of PhiloCharley and Rosa Parkin
sophy; and of splitting it into two parts; of abolishing selfNOTES Bob Borsley on
32 management and introducing compulsory management – none of these
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34 measures turned out to be sufficient to ensure either our voluntLE’I”I’ERS
ary withdrawal or our democratic removal by the self-governing
bodies of the Faculty.

Pierre Macherey, JIour une
The Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, although exposed to
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35 long, c~nstant pressure, refused to act contrary to its beliefs
and to bow to sheer arbitrary force. With impressive dignity and
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39 courage the Faculty has maintained its firm c9nviction that it must
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take its decisions in an independent, democratic way with full
Michael Raptis, Revolution and
~oral integrity.

It evaluated all proposals and demands only with
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respect to publicly declared reasons and evidence, only on the
Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Prose
grounds 6f the basic principles of our socialist society and of
of the World, Adventures of the
42 university self-management and not with respect to the political
44 authorities behind them.

In the history of Yugoslav socialism the
45 Faculty of Philosophy is the first and, until now, the only instiLETTER TO READERS
tution that was able to resist bureaucratic pressure and successfully to defe~d basic university and human rights: the right to
freedom of research and scholarly publication, the right to assume
a critical attitude towards the existing social reality and towards every ideology, the right to be equal with any political
figures, the right to autonomous decision-making. As a consequence of the need to adjust the law to arbitrary bureaucratic
will, the University law was drastically changed twice in one
year, and exclusively for the Republic of Serbia. First, in 1973,
the demand was incorporated into the law that the university
professors must satisfy moral and political criteria in addition
to scholarly ones. At the same time, university self-management
was transformed into co-management by including half outside

members on the Faculty Council. The second chan<J e of the Univers~
ity law in November 1974 made complete viol~tion of self-manageThe next Open Meeting of the Radical
ment possible by giving the right to the Republican Assembly to
Philosophy Group will be held from
fire all those professors who allegedly 'damaged social interests'

llam at North London Polytechnic,
Until this very day the Yugoslav mass media, which have proKentish Town Road. The meeting will
duced an incredible amount of misinformations and untruths about
be in two parts, The first session
us, never confirmed the result of the legally prescribed, selfwill be concerned with the-organigoverning procedure of examining our ‘moral and political suitasation of course criticism and alter- bility’, namely that committees composed of thirty-five outstandnative ways of learning, and will be
ing scholars from various Yugoslav universities wrote very
introduced by students from ‘Ideas
favourable reports about our activity and_that these reports were
in Education for SUssex’ (‘ie
accepted by an over1helming majority in all self-governing bodies
SUssex). The second session will be
of the Faculty in July 1974. Although, according to the Constia ‘business’ meeting, discussing the
tution and to the existing laws ‘that decision had to be consider9d
magazine and conferences, and, most
final, it did not satisfy political authorities. They continued
important, the possibilities of
:to demand our elimination from the Faculty.

revising, reviving and improvising,
In the interests of normalizing the work of the Faculty of
the organisation of a network of local Philosophy we have expressed our readiness temporarily to abstain
radical philosophy groups. Definite
from teaching and to take leave for scientific research. We only
proposals will be presented to the
requested minimal guarantees that persecution of the students and

further pressures on the Faculty.would be stopped. But the authL -_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _~¬∑’orities were not satisfied with anything but unconditional capitu-


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