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The Philosopher in the Classroom: A Report
from France – Colin Gordon and Jonath3.n Ree
Prison Talk: C;ln interview with Michel
Foucault by J. J. Brochier
Wohn Macmurray: A Neglected Philosopher
– Philip Conf ord
Media and Images – Brian Niiller
Husserl and Phenomenology – Roger

Perry Anderson’s Considerations on western
Marxism: John Mepham
John Randall’s Parapsychology and the
Nature of Life: David Murray
Marx/Engels’ Collected Works vo!. 5:

Chris Arthur
‘Socialist Register 1976: Tom Steele
News etc
Reply ,to Edgley – Russell Keat


T~is issue was edite~ by Jonathan Ree (co-ordinator;
MIke Erben, Ian Cralb, Graham Ca,tterwell, Mike
Da wney, Joe McCarney, Chris Arthur, Tony Skillen:

Roger waterhouse,. John Mepham, Noel Parker,
Joanna Hodge, Colm Gordon, Russell Keat Roy
Edgley, Eric Millstone

Layout and paste-up by Colin Gordon Joanna Hodge
David Murray, Graham Catterwell, Rip Bulkeley, ‘

Jonathan Ree. Typing by Jo Foster

Cartoons by Trevor Jago


The cover illustration is of a lecture in a French
prison in the nineteenth century – from Miche~
Foucault’s Surveiller et Punir (Gallimard 1975).

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The Radical Philo~ophy Group grew out of the convergence of two currents which had been largely formed by
the student movement of the 1960s – on the one hand, discontent, especially among students, with the sterile
and complacent philosophy taught in British .universities and colleges; on the other hand, a revival of interest
in the theoretical work on the left and a recognition of the need to confront the ideology enshrined in orthodox
academic disciplines. The Radical Philosophy Group has always contended that these two problems can be
tackled together – that philosophical inquiry into fundamental issues must lead to the exposure of conservatism
masquerading as formal reason.

Academic philosophy in this country has generally accepted and defended the f.r~m: of r:ference of the
dominant bourgeois culture. This culture is supported and mirrored by the ehbst lsolabon, the internal
hierarchies and demarcations of academic institutions. The Radical Philosophy Group therefore works for
reforms in courses and asses~ments for the enlargement of students’ control over thei~ e?ucation, for the
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