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THEORY OF TRUTH •…..•.•..•.••.•..••

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Peter Binns
A CRITIQUE OF R.D.LAING’S SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY Joe Warrington
PART I .•…•••.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY – TO WHOM? …•.•.•….•..•••

THE POLITICS OF RADICAL PHILOSOPHy ••….•..•..•.

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Roger Waterhouse
REASON AND VIOLENCE •….•………….•..•••….

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Roy Edgley
DISCUSSION

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ALTERNATIVE PHILOSOPHIES? •..•…••••……••….

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Bob Brecher
STAFF AND STUDENTS

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Kei th Graham

THE WATCHDOGS

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Sean Sayers

Rosalind Delman
DIALETICAL REASON ..•…..•••…….•…………

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David-Hillel Ruben, Ted Benton

REVIEWS

Jerry M. Cohen
SEXISM, CAPITALISM AND THE FAMILy •….•…••..•.

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Richard Turner

FULL MARX • . •….••…….•…….•……••……

Karl-Peter Markl, Kevin Mulligan
IDEOLOGY IN SOCIAL SCIENCE

This issue was edited by: Jerry M. Cohen, Ben Gibbs,
Roger Harris, John Mepham, Richard Norman,Jonathan
Ree, Sean Saxers, Janet Vaux.

Produced by: Sarah Lutman, Richard Norman, Sean Sayers
Typed by: Jo Foster, Diane Graham.

Published by RADICAL PHILOSOPHY GROUP

Contemporary British philosophy is at a dead end.

Its academic practitioners have all out aoandoned the
attempt to understand the world, let alone to change
it. They have made philosophy into a narrow and
specialised academic subject of little relevance or
interest to anyone outside the small circle of
Professional Philosophers.

Many students and teachers are now dissatisfied
with th.is state of affairs, but so far they have been
isolated. The result has been that serious philosophical work outside the conventional sphere has
been minimal.

The Radical Philosophy Group has been set up to
challenge this situation, by people within philosophy
departments and in other fields of work. We aim to
question the institutional divisions between academic
departments which have cut philosophers off from the
important philosophical work already being done by
psychologists, sociologists and others; the division
between students and teachers which has divorced
academic philosophy from the radical activity and
ideas of students; and, above all, the divisions
which have isolated the universities and other
educational institutions from the wider society,
thereby narrowing the horizons of philosophical
concern.

As well as exposing the poverty of so much that
now passes for philosophy, we shall aim to understand
its causes. We need to ask whether its barrenness is
the inevitable consequence of its linguistic and
analytic methods as opposed to, for example, their

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Peter Binns
REPORTS …………………………………. .

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Correspondence and contributions to:Richard Norman, Darwin College, The University,
Canterbury, Kent.

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application to trivial “problems”. We shall examine
the historical and institutional roots of recent
British philosophy and investigate its ideological
role within the wider culture.

But we do not want to become exclusively
preoccupied with the inadequacies of this type of
philosophy. Our aim is to encourage and to develop
positive alternatives. For this there are other
traditions which may inform our work (e.g.

phenomenology and existentialism, Hegelian thought
and Marxism). However, the Group will not attempt
to lay down a philosophical line. Our main aim is
to free ourselves from the restricting institutions
and orthodoxies of the academic world, and thereby
to encourage important philosophical work to develop:

Let a Hundred Flowers Blossom!

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT LOCAL ACTIVITIES, CONTACT:

ABERDEEN: Rryan Turner (Soc.Dept.)
BRISTOL: Antoinette Satow (Phil.Dept.)
CAMBRIDGE: John Paley (King’s)
CANTERBURY: John Thackara (Rutherford)
GLASGOW: Scott Meikle (Dept. of Moral Phil.)
LEEDS: Paul Worthington (Radical Humanities Group)
LONDON: Jonathan Re~ (Phil.Dept.,Hendon Tech.)
OXrORD: Janet Vaux (17 Rawlinson Rd.)
YORK: Gerry Kelman, Ian Hills (Goodricke College)
OTHERWISE PLEASE CONTACT:

Sean Sayers, Keynes College, The University,
Canterbury, Kent.

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