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CONTENTS
EDITORIAL: Marksism: The Shape of Things to Come? ………………………… Mike Shortland

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ARTICLES
Ideological Commitments in the Philosophy of Science …………………………….. J erry Ravetz
Comment on Ravetz ………………………………………………………… Roy Edgley
On Revolutionizing the Darwin Industry: A Centennial Retrospect …………………….. Jim Moore
Newton at the Crossroads …………………………………………………. Simon Schaffer
New Racism … New Realism: Two Sides of the Same Coin? …………………….. Mark Duffield

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REVIEWS
Nancy Cartwright: How the Laws of Physics Lie ……………………………… Jonathan Powers 35
Jonathan Powers: Philosophy and the New Physics ……………………………. Geoffrey Cantor 37
Charles Webster: From Paracelsus to Newton: Magic and the Making of Modern Science …. Jan Golinski ยท 39
Richard Lichtman: The Production of Desire:

The Integration of Psychoanalysis into Marxist Theory …………………………… Anatole Anton 40
John Marks: Science and the Making of the Modern World …………………………. John Fauvel 41
Josef Bleicher: The Hermeneutic Imagination ………………………………….. Vernon Martel 42
Philip Kitcher: The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge ……………………………. John Fauvel 43
Lawrence LeShan and Henry Margenau: Einstein’s Space and Van Gogh’s Sky ……….. Mike Shortland 44
Gonzalo Munevar: Radical Knowledge:

A Philosophical Enquiry into Nature and Limits of Science ……………………….. J oe McCarney 45
NEWS
Socialist Society ………………………………………………………… Howard Feather
Antwerp Conference on Socialist Legality ……………………………………….. Chris Rojek
The Latter Days of Philosophy? ……………………………………………… Julius Tomin

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INDEX OF OUR FIRST TEN YEARS
In RP31 there appeared a cumulative index of articles, reviews and other pieces published in Radical
Philosophy from issue No.1 to issue No.30. Further copies are available, free of charge, for those
considering purchasing back numbers.

Please write to: M!ke 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 discipilines. 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 English-speaking world and to encourage philosophical discussion on the
left. It welcomes any contributions which will serve these aims.

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