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CONTENTS
EDITORIAL: …………………………………………………………………………………………………. Richard Osborne

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ARTICLES
Socialism and Myth: The Case ofBergson and Sorel ………………………………………. Malcolm Vout & Lawrence Wilde
Ethics and Group Conflict: Between Marxism and Liberalism. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .. .. . . . .. … .. . . . . . . . . .. . …. … … … .. Carl Hedman
The Need to Work ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. Sean Sayers
Mass Media Studies and the Question of Ideology ……………………………………………………………….. Martin Baker

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REVIEWS
A.N. Whitehead, Science and the Modern World ……………………………………………………………. Jonathan Powers
Ernst Bloch, Natural Law and Human Dignity …. ……………………………………………………………… Peter Osborne
C.J. Arthur, Dialectics ofLabour ……………………………………………………………………………………. R.A. Stern
Jon Elster, An Introduction to Karl Marx, Karl Marx: A Reader …………………………………………………. Sean Sayers
Istvan Meszaros, Philosophy, Ideology and Social Science ……………………………………………………… Andy Dobson
Peter Dews (ed.), Habermas; Autonomy and Solidarity …………………………………………………… Gregor McLennan
Paul A. Bove, InteJJectuals in Power …………………………………………………………………….. Keith Ansell-Pearson
KeithGraham, The Battle ofDemocracy ……………………………………………………………….. KeithAnsell-Pearson
Francis Barker et al (ed.), Europe and its Others ……………………………………………………………. John Kraniauskas
Niklas Luhmann, Love as Passion………. … ……………. ………….. … … … …………. …. …… ………. …. .. ….. Steve Giles
Philip Pomp er (ed.), Trotsky’s Notebooks 1933-1935 ……………………………………………………………. Chris Arthur
Erik Ohlin Wright, Classes.. … …………. ……………. … ……………….. … ……. …… …. … …… ………….. Paul Bagguley
Rick Roderick, Habermas and the Foundation ofCritical Theory …………………………………….. Keith Ansell-Pearson

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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 philosphy 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 student’s 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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