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CONTENTS
ARTICLES
Two Perspectives on Richard Rorty:

I: From Philosophy to Post-Philosophy: an interview
with Richard Rorty
Wayne Hudson and Wim Van Reijen
11: Edifying Discourses: a review of Philosophy and
the Mirror of Nature
Joe McCarney
Hegelian Phenomenology and the Critique of Reason and Society
Peter Osborne
Liberty, Authority and the Negative Dialectics of J.S. Mill
Trevor Pateman
The ‘Authoritarian’ Nature of Utopia
Barbara Goodwin

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REVIEWS
Three books by C.L.R. James
Keat: Politics of Social Theory
Nisbet: Idea of Progress
Gay Left Collective
Pecheux: Materialism and Language
Pateman: Political Obligation
Meynell: Freud, Marx and Morals
Layder: Structure and Interaction

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John F. Bird
Peter Osborne
Mike Short land
Vincent Geoghegan
Peter Goodrich
George Markus
Mike Shortland
Chris Rojek

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NEWS

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CORRESPONDENCE

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INDEX OF OUR FIRST TEN YEARS
In RP3l there appeared a cumulative index of articles, reviews and other pieces
published in Radical Philosophy from issue No.l to issue No.30. Further copies
are available, free o~ charge, for those considering purchasing back numbers.

Please write to: ~1ike Shortland, Department of History and Philosophy of Science,
University of Leeds, LS6 9JT

RADICAL PHILOSOPHY GROUP
The Radical Philosophy Group grew out of a 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 of 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.

The Group has held numerous conferences, and local groups have been formed which have organised meetings
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 Englishspeaking world and to encourage philosophical discussion on the left. It welcomes any contributions which will
serve these aims.

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