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19 Editorial

NLB, are a token of this continuing diffusion.)
Sec oodly, as Patton,,-shows, Althusser t s critics have
been heavily selective in their lines of approach.

Professor Julius Gould, whose Report on the radical The (once talismanic) Althusserian concept of
‘threat’ to higher education is examined in the news theoretical practice is here analysed in depth and
section, finds it strange that Radical Philosophy
situated, perhaps for the first time in English, in
should have concerned itself with such ‘unphilosoph- terms of its strategic function, where it comes
lcal’ topics as Chile and Northern Ireland. Claudia
from in philosophy, and what it obscures or elides.

Roy Edgley’s article, reprinted from Educational
von BraunmUhl’s report from West Germany in this
issue vividly conveys the political and intellectual
Research (February 1978) by permission of the
climate of a state where the wishes of Gould and his National Foundation for Educational Research,
attacks the fundamental premisses of the Callaghan
fellow (academic and military) counterinsurgence
government’s ‘Great Debate’ on state education
speCialists have already been amply fulfilled. The
facts contained in this article are not being pubpolicy: both the edifying vision of capitalist industry
lished for their incidental philosophical ‘interest’,
as the pace-setter for ‘rising standards’ in mass
but because of their direct political importance.

education, and the overt and tacit rationales for the
At the same time, they show how an apparatus of
adjustment of education to purported economic

political repreSSion can be reinforced by the
The other articles in this issue each open up a
legitimation afforded by a certain philosophy. One
new or neglected field. Martin Barker argues that
of the conditions for ef{ective resistance to the
.l~arxism has misrecognised the political import
former is the confrontation and critique of the
of Kant’s philosophy. Rip Bulkeley analyses the

Paul Patton’s article takes up once more the
effectivity of philosophies as instruments of racial
oppreSSion, and sketches a materialist history of
question of LouiS Althusser and his philosophy.

Why add at this stage to the ample existing literaracialism. Graham Burchell reflects on the French
ture of exegeses, critiques and auto-critiques?

Communist Party’s abandonment of the doctrine of
Firstly, ‘Althusser’s work is reaching and influenc- proletarian dictatorship, the political strategy of
Eurocommunist revisionism, and Bal1bar’s
ing a continually widening audience. (The new
paperback editions of his writings, published by
theoretical critique of the PCF.


The Radical Philosophy Group grew out of the 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 a.nd colleges; on the other hand, a revival of interest
in the theoretical work on 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
ta.ckled 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 several 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, and welcomes any
contributions which will serve these aims.

Hans Manfi”ed Bock
Zeitschrift fur Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften Literaturbericht zur Sozialistischen Partei
No.105 September/Oktober 1977
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