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CONTENTS
EDITORIAL ……………………………………………………………………………. HowardFeather

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ARTICLES
The Cunning of History in Reverse Gear ………………………………………………… Istvan Meszaros 2
What Makes Critical Theory Critical? ……………………………………………….. J oseph McCarney 11
The Human Body in Social Theory: Reich,
Foucault and the Repressive Hypothesis ……………………………………………………. Russell Keat 24
REVIEWS
Freud or Fraud? …………………………………………………………………………… David Archard
Labouring Science ………………………………………………………………………… Mike Shortland
Biological Bearings ………………………………………………………………………… Denise Russell
The Subject of Identity ………………………………………………………………… Sebastian Gardner
The Victor Hugo of Philosophy ……………………………………………………….. Sebastian Gardner
A New Marxist Paradigm? ……………………………………………………………. Gregor McLennan
Shorter Reviews. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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News …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 52
Comment ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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INDEX OF OUR FIRST TEN YEARS
In RP3l there appeared a cumulative index of articles, reviews and other pieces publlshe~j in
Radical Philosophy from issue No.l to issue No.30. Fur ther copies are av ai lable, free of charge, for
those considering purchasIng back numbers.

Please write to: Mike Short land, Manor Close, ~ain Street, Burton-in-Kendall, Lancaster LA6 I LH

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 dIscIpl ines. The RadIcal Phllosophy
Group has always contended that these two proble’l1s 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
s ta te of philosophy in the English-speaking world and to encourage phllosophica I discussion on the
left. It welcomes any contributions which will serve these aims.

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