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CONTENTS
EDITORIAL, Ted Benton, Peter Osborne, Tony Skillen
ARTICLES
A Critique of Deep Ecology, Richard Sylvan
Social Madness, Ronald A.ronson
English Conservatism and the Aesthetics of Architecture, Michael Rustin

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REVIEWS
John Mackenzie: Propaganda and Empire, Martin Barker
Richard Rorty: J.B. Schneewind and Quentin Skinner:

Philosophy in History: Essays on the Historiography of Philosophy, Jan Golinski
Douglas Kellner: Herbert Marcuse and the Crisis of Marxism, Peter Osborne
Pauline Johnson: Marxist Aesthetic
Peter Osborne
lthony Giddens: The Constitution of Society, Gregor McLennan

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Shorter Reviews
News, Comment and Letters

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Cover photograph by Mike

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Hu~hes

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 of charge, for
those considering purchasing back numbers.

Please write to: Mike Shortland, Department of History and Philo

RADICAL PHILOSOPHY GROUP
The Radical Philosophy Group grew out of a convergence of two currents which had been largely
formed by the student movernent 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 discipiJines. 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 wilJ serve these aims.

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