Radical Philosophy

Tradition, Counter-Tradition, Politics

Edited by Roger S. Gottlieb
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Publication: Jun 93

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304 pages
6 x 9
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Well-known radical philosophers challenge and reflect on political practice and cultural domination


Bringing together new essays by the leading figures in contemporary radical philosophy, this provocative collection defines for the first time the boundaries and accomplishments of a body of work deeply critical of both the philosophical and social dimensions of domination. The contributors draw on diverse traditions and movements, including feminism, critical theory, Marxism, deconstruction, democratic socialism, theories of race and ethnicity, deep ecology, and politicized spirituality.


"This volume makes a worthwhile contribution to contemporary philosophical debate in America, presenting a coherent set of points of view that stake out the terrain of radical analysis." —David Sprintzen, Long Island University

Table of Contents

Preface: About Richard Schmitt
Introduction: Dimensions of Radical Philosophy – Roger S. Gottlieb

Part I: Tradition
1. Does Reason Have a Gender? – Ann Ferguson
2. Ethnocentrism in Grand Theory – Linda Nicholson
3. How is Epistemology Political? – Linda Alcoff
4. Varieties of Moral Conflict, Varieties of Resolutions – Amelie Oksenberg Rorty

Part II: Counter-Tradition
5. A Democratic Theory of Economic Exploitation Dialectically Developed – David Schweickart
6. Justice and Communicative Democracy – Iris Marion Young
7. Post-Marxism: Laclau and Mouffe on Essentialism – Milton Fisk
8. Marxism and the Mastery of Nature: An Ecological Critique – Andrew McLaughlin
9. Broken Relations: Some Barriers to the Triumph of Feminine Virtue – Roger S. Gottlieb

Part III: Politics
10. Radical Philosophy and the New Social Movements – Frank Cunningham
11. Slavery and Tragedy – Elizabeth V. Spelman
12. A Fairy Tale with a Difference? Class and Gender in Pretty Woman – Thomas E. Wartenberg

Bibliography: Resources in Radical Philosophy

About the Author(s)

Roger S. Gottlieb is Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has published five other books, including History and Subjectivity: The Transformation of Marxist Theory (Temple).