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Women’s Philosophy Network; Peace Research Forum; Royal Institute Lectures; Radical Philosophy Conference

NEWS

Women’s
Philosophy Network
Moves are underway to set up a network for women phllosophers in the UK to promote feminist phllosophy. The main
functions of the network wlll be:

the provision of contact lists of women philosophers and
their special interests
the provision of speakers’ lists for debates, conferences,
etc.

the setting up of working groups on issues of importance
to the improvement and development of feminist ideas
the production of a journal of women’s phlloso~hy.

Suggested topics for the first issue of the journal Include:

Why do we need women’s philosophy?

What should be the relation of academic standards to
the development of feminist theory?

The relation of women phllosophers working in academia
to feminist theory and to other feminists.

Any work by women on topics related to feminist theory wlll
be welcomed.

Editorial pollcies so far suggested include:

plain language
a bias towards those women who do not have an
academic outlet for their work
commitment to positive improvements in feminist theory.

Production of the journal is planned to be organised via collective meetings, perhaps three times a year, at which work
submitted would be discussed. Actual production of the journal would rotate between groups.

For further information, please send a stamped
addressed envelope to:

Women’s Philosophy Network
Cardiff Women’s Centre
2 Coburn Street, Cathays, Cardiff

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Peace Research Forum
Philosophers for Peace are convening a series of fortnightly
meetings in London under the title of Peace Research Forum
in the hope of br inging together both theoreticians and activists to explore the theoretical aspects of peace issues. The
meetings will be held from 7 to 9.30 pm at the Quaker
International Centre, 1 Byng Place, London WC 1. The programme for the spring and summer of 1986 is as follows:

9 February Economics, In~u’itrial Relations, Class Confllct
24 February Political Scjence
Geopolitic2 r:~unflict, Cold War, Nuclear Arms
10 March
Race
Phllosophy of Science
26 March
Phllosophy of History, Historiography
9 April
24 April
International Law, Legallty of Weapons of
Mass Destruction, Human Rights, .Wor.ld Order
8 May
The Middle East
23 May
Healing, Psychology, Medicine
7 June
Women’s Studies
Ecology and the Environment
22 June
The Arts
7 July
Recapitulation: Philosophy of Peace, Theology,
21 July
etc.

All those attending are encouraged to contribute material to
the topic under discussion.

In the news item announcing the formation of Philosophers
for Peace in RP41 the misleading impression may have been
conveyed that it was an entirely separate organisation from
International Philosophers for the Prevention of Nuclear
Omnicide (IPPNO). In fact, it is the UK afflliate of the
latter and is consequently represented on its International
Organ’ising Committee. The date of the IPPNO’s first co~fer­
ence has now been fixed for 30 Aprll to May 4 1986, In St
Louis, Missour i, USA.

Royal Institute Lectures

phllosophy teachers, a project that the Radical Phllosophy
Group would do well to involve itself in. Such a pressure
group would be a means of influencing the examiners on
questions of course content etc.

Howard Feather

The Royal Institute of Philosophy has organised a series of
lectures in conjunction with the GCE examining boards to
cover the main topics of the new ‘A’ Level Philosophy
courses. The lectures are aimed primarily at ‘A’ Level Philosophy teachers. Unfortunately, out of the hundred or so
people who attended the first lecture only three or four
proved to be teachers.

The quality of the programme so far is variable. Julia
Annas’s delivery of Plato’s theory of knowledge was lucid
and well-recapitulated, whilst Nicholas Denyer (Plato’s
Ethics) seemed unrehearsed, reading word for word from
notes. John Cottingham (Descartes’ Meditations) appeared to
have difficulty in adjusting the scope of his interesting and
sympathetic account of Cartesian scepticism to the ‘one-off’

format of the series.

All in all, the lectures were fairly reminiscent of the
undergraduate phllosophy lectures I myself attended, circa
1970. There was little evidence of contextualisation of the
issues and debates. It was plain that no pedagogic revolution
amongst philosophers had taken place since those days.

A brighter note is the formation of an association of

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Radical Philosophy
Conference
Plans are afoot for the organisation of a weekend conference to be held in London in A.utumn 1986. Discussion is still
in the preliminary stage, but the conference will combine
plenary and workshop sessions, with probably at least one
plenary session being devoted to discussion of the idea of a
‘radical philosophy’. Hopefully, there wlll be opportunities
for readers to discuss articles in recent issues of the magazine with their authors, and for the establlshment of links
between readers, contributors and the collective more generally. Further details wlll appear in RP43. In the meantime,
we would be glad to receive suggestions both for possible
workshop topics and regarding conference organisation.

These should be sent to John Fauvel at the Radical
Philosophy editorial address.

A Journal of Literature, History
and the Philosophy of History

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is now in its fourteenth year, with subscribers in
almost 40 countries, and is the only English-language
quarterly that deals with three interrelated topics:

• literature as informed by historical understandings
• historical writings considered as literature
• philosophy of history, speculative and analytic
Representative Contents (from Volumes 11-13, 1981-4)
Joseph Dial “Brecht’s Dialectical Dramatics”
Jeffrey Smitten “Robertson’s History of Scotland: Narrative Structure and Sense of Reality”
David Konstan “Narrative in White’s Metahistory”
“Relations of Literature and History” (Bernard Benstock,
Thos. G. Rosenmeyer, A. Owen Aldridge, Russell J.

Linnemann, and Jas. H. Harrison)
Martin Donougho “The Semiotics of Hegel”
Toby Burrows ”Jules Michelet and Annales School”
W.H. Dray “R. G. Collingwood on A Priori of History”
Curt Hartog “Time/Metaphor in Gibbon’s History”
Virgil Nemoianu “Evelyn Waugh and Motley Society”
Paul N. Siegel “Political Implications of Solzhenitsyn’s
Novels”
Barton R. Friedman “Proving Nothing: History and Dramatic Strategy in The Dynasts”
John Halperin “Trollope and the American Civil War”
Virginia Hunter “Thucydides’ History: Cause, Process”
Joseph M. Levine “Natural History and the History of
the Scientific Revolution”
John Henry Raleigh “Strindberg in Andrew Jackson’s
America: O’Neill’s More Stately Mansions”
Donald R. Wineke “Machiavelli and I Henry VI”
(Approx. forty books reviewed per volume.)
We invite submission of such essays.

We also invite subscriptions: libraries at $30 a year, and
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