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CONTENTS

Editorial Notes

1

Marxist Modes —————————.———– Jonathan Ree

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Philosophical Materialism or the Materialist ———Conception of History

A1ison Assiter

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Scientific Socialis.m, a Positivist Delusion? –.———– Russe11 Keat

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The Trouble with Contradictions ————.———- Joe McCarney

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REVIEWS
Ree et al: Philosophy and its Past ———————————————— Noel Parker

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Ha.mpshire (ed.): Private and Public Morality ————————————– Greg Claeys
Bok: Lying – Moral Choice in Public and Private Life

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VVartofsky: Feuerbach ———————————————————– Rip Bulkeley

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VVilkes: Physicalism ———————————————————- Jean Grimshaw

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NEWS
French Philosophers Fight Cuts ———————-“‘——————– Christian Descamps

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Books Received – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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Edited by: Madan Sarup, Russell Keat, Martin
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The Radical Philosophy Group grew out of a convergence of two currents whic had been largely formed by
the studentmove.ment 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 frame of reference of the
dominant bourgeois culture. This culture is supported and mirrored by the elitist isolation, the internal
hierarchies and demarcations, of academic institutions. The Radical Philosophy Group therefore works for
reforms in courses and assessments for the enlargement of students’ control over their education, for the
breaking down of barriers between philosophy and other diSCiplines and between academic institutions and
the outside world.

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and agitated on local issues. Radical Philosophy is the magazine of the Radical Philosophy Group, and has
come out three times a year since January 1972. It aims to criticise the current state of philosophy in the
English-speaking world and to encourage philosophical discussion on the left, and welcomes any
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