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15 Contents Page

Science, Social Science and Socialist Science:

Reason as Dialectic – :R oy Edgley


Personal Autonomy and Historical
Materialism – Richard Archer


On Materialisms – Kate Soper


DISCUSSION: Dialectic – Peter Mew
Paul Gregory

Jonathan Fee: Jean-Paul Sartre, Critique
of Dialectical Reason; Pietro Chiodi,
Sartre and Marxis.m ; Ian Craib, Existentialism and Sociology
Andrew Collier: Pietro Chiodi,. Sartre and
Colin Gordon: Michel Foucault (ed), I, Pierre
Riviere …

Dave Jackson: Robert Pirsig, Zen and the
Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Peter Binns: note on Pirsig


Peter .renkins: Geeff Hodgson, Trotsky and
Fatalistic Marxism
Steven Lukes: Jack Lively, Democracy
Jonathan Ree: Michael Weston, Morality and
the Self
Tom Duddy: Ellen Wood, Mind and Politics



Books and journals received
NEWS etc



Front cover by Trevor Jago
Drawings by Paul Spooner



This issue was edited by
Jonathan Ree (co-ordinator), Mike Dawney, Russell
Keat, Mike Erben (reviews), John Krige, Hip
Bulkeley, Dave Berry, Ted Benton, Colin Gordon,
David Murray, Tony Skill en, Chris Arthur, Kate
Soper, Alison Assiter, Michele Gunn, Richard Gunn
Layout by Colin Gordon, David Murray, Joanna
Hodge, Jonathan Ree, Mike Dawney
Typesetting by Jo Foster


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