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17 Contents Page

Women and philosophy – Michele Le Doeuff
The political function of the intellectual
– Michel Foucault
Birth of the subject – Colin Gordon
Lukacs and the Marxist critique of
sociology – lan Craib
Agnes HelIer, The Theory of Need in Marx
– Kate Soper
Hilary Rose and Steven Rose (eds), The
Political Economy of Science – John Krige
joseph Needham, Moulds of Understanding
– David Murray
Franz Jakubowski, Ideology and
Superstructure in Historical Materialism
– Kate Soper
Value: Studies by Marx – Chris Arthur
A letter from France – Martine Meskel,
Michael Ryan




Edited by
Michael Erben, Ian Craib, Graham CatterwelI,
Mike Dawney, Chris Arthur, Tony Skillen, Roger
Waterhouse, Joanna Hodge, Colin Gordon, RusselI
Keat, Wendy Harrison, Rip Bulkeley, Alison
Assiter, Daniel Jeffreys, David Murray, Kate
Soper, Eric Millstone, Jonathan Ree, Ted Benton
Layout by Bebb BurchelI, Graham BurchelI, Jane .

Bulkeley, Graham CatterwelI, Colin Gordon,
Joanna Hodge, David Murray

Cartoons by Trev.or Jago

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