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Letters : Sexism and Metaphor


On ‘On Practice’ – Rip Bulkeley


Misadventures of the Dialectic – Peter Dews


Freedom as the efficacy of knowledge Andrew Collier


Reviews :

Hindess and Hirst, Pre-capitalist modes of
production and Mode of production and social
formation – Graham Burchell
Working Papers in Cultural Studies No. 10:

On Ideology – Ian Craib
WaIter Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic
Drama – Michael Ryan
Jean-Pierre Faye ed., Portugal – The revolution
in the labyrinth – Colin Gordon
. Bernard Bykhovskii, Kierkegaard – Roger
Emile Durkheim, The Evolution of Educational
Thought – Jonathan Ree
Sang-Ki Kim, The problem of the contingency of
the world in Husserl’s phenomenology , ~oger
Arnold Wesker, Words as definitions of experience – Graham Catterwell


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W.C.McBride, The philosophy of Marx
Victor Cousin, Defence de l’Universite et de la


Books Recieved


NEWS – including details of Radical Philosophy
Conference at Brighton, January 1978


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Our cover shows Mao’s poem “The Long March”. The calligraphy is by Kuo Mo-Jo, Mao’s friend and one-time
Minister of Cultural Affairs. The poem is translated
on page 45.

This issue was edited by Chris Arthur, Ted Benton,
Hartin Barker, Rip Bulkeley, Graham Burchell, Mike
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Academic philosophy in this country has generally accepted and defended the frame of reference of the
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