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Academic Philosophy and Radical Philosophy

by / RP 001 (Spring 1972) / Commentary

Most of what I am going to say will be cast in autobiographical terms. This seems the natural way to indicate my personal, perhaps idiosyncratic reaction to the Radical Philosophy movement.

When I began studying philosophy at university in the late 1950’s I was, like many others, disappointed with the curriculum. Important questions seemed to …

Professional Philosophers

by / RP 001 (Spring 1972) / Commentary

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 words in which they are …