Translation, philosophy, materialism

Translation, philosophy, materialism Lawrence Venuti Philosophy does not escape the embarrassment that faces contemporary academic disciplines when confronted with the problem of translation. In philosophical research, widespread dependence on translated texts coincides with neglect of their translated status, a general failure to take into account the differences introduced by the fact of translation. The problem […]

English Philosophy in the Fifties

English Philosophy in the Fifties Jonathan Ree If you asked me when was the best time for philosophy in England in the twentieth century-for professional, academic philosophy, that is – I would answer: the fifties, without a doubt. And: the fifties, alas. * Under the leadership of Gilbert Ryle and f.L. Austin, the career philosophers […]

The Modern Family Therapy Movement

The Modern Family Therapy Movement: Is Systematic Edification Possible? Graham Tuson SYSTEMS, EDIFICATION AND CHANGE The modem family therapy movement involves significantly novel behavioural technologies for bringing about change in patterns of human relationships. As a professional discipline it is characterised by a central tension which can usefully be understood in terms of the relationship […]

The Question ‘Why Do I Do Philosophy?’

The Question ‘Why Do I Do Philosophy?’ James Grant Someone recently suggested to me – not entirely unkindly – that I should try and write something to the title ‘Why do I do Philosophy?’ My first assumption was that the question was in effect ambiguous, and could be answered in two quite different ways. In […]

The Morality of Terrorism

I The Morality of Terrorism John Harris Terrorism: A system of terror Government by intimidation A policy intended to strike with terror those against whom it is adopted [1] Terrorism is a subject about which it is very easy to say something but very difficult to say something that isn’t either obvious or outrageous. I […]

Richard Rorty

Two Perspectives on Richard Rorty I: From Philosophy to Postphilosophy An Interview with Richard Rorty conducted by Wayne Hudson and Wim van Reijen Q. Professor Rorty~ you have recently written a book~ ?hilosophy and the Mirror of Nature~ which has aroused aomment throughout the English speaking world. In it you argue that the analytical movement […]

Winch, Wittgenstein and Marxism

‘ Radical Philosophy :Thl.. leell Wlllch, WIII,gellslelll alld Ma.. xlsm ~. Ted Benton A Introduction This paper suffers from a certain ‘instability’ deriving from its having been written some years ago, and then substantially modified more recently to serve quite different purposes. This modification,has, unfortunately, been insufficiently thorough, although the instability of the paper may […]

Reductionism and the ‘Uniqueness of Man’

ing-class Clbove one’s own as an individual. Not only is it a form of moral philistinism to construct a theory in which they must be excluded, but it can only devalue an important (though subsidiary) weapon in the working-class armoury for use in the class struggle. The Valu~ of Morality Morals, or rather moral principles […]

Wittgenstein and bourgeois philosophy

an astronomer predicts that a comet will appear over Britain in January 1974, the fact that he or she, as an expert, thinks that this is so, is a good reason that a layman can have for thinking that the comet will appear. As a layman, the reasons which the astronomer has for thinking this […]

The Marxist Theory of Art

THE mARHIST THEORY OF ART ************************ ****************************************** Rager Taylar Therefore, concepts have histories and that this is so has rich implications for conceptual enquiries, for with the demise of essences concepts become no more and no less than historical phenomena, so that their history is not incidental to what they are. Thus, conceptual investigation must […]

The Metaphysics of LSD

The expulsion of spirits from science, he argues, led to the ‘purification’ of the entire universe expelling all elements not capable of mechanistic explanation, and this notion of a ‘purified’ universe became built into the notion of the scientific enterprise. If we tie this in with Robert Y~ung’s arguments about the ideological orientation of the […]

Professional Philosophers

PROFESSionAL PHILOSOPHERS Janathan Ree ****************************************************************************** People who don’t know anything about philosophy courses are likely to be astonished and dismayed by their effects. The main thing they will notice is that the philosophy student acquires a very mannered way of speaking and a knack of shrugging off serious ideas with half frivolous complaints about the […]

Arthur C. Danto

INTERVIEW Arthur C. Danto Art and analysis RP: Your philosophical work appears to be made up of two fairly distinct strands: what one might call a mainstream analytical strand and a more unconventional aesthetic strand. The second strand is dissident, first because itʼs about aesthetics – it takes art seriously, philosophically – and second because […]

Hearing the silence

Of the few myths about the sense of hearing, the most memorable is that of Ulysses and the Sirens. Lashed to the mast of his ship, Ulysses alone experiences the pleasure of the Sirensʼ song, while the crew, their ears plugged with balls of wax, row on regardless of his signals to be released. Like […]

In search of community

In search of community Mouffe, Wittgenstein and Cavell Alessandra tanesini Recent discussions of political community are, so I argue in this article, haunted by the spectre of scepticism about other minds. I do not intend to suggest that these discussions address directly the philosophical version of the sceptical problem. Rather, I believe they find their […]