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Relaunched in 2018 with a new design and online archive, Radical Philosophy is one of the UK Left’s longest running independent intellectual magazines. Its pages include writings on critical theory, global politics, post-colonial and feminist theory, Marxism, cultural and art theory, technology, migration, war, ecology and continental philosophy.
Contributors include Judith Butler, G. S. Spivak, Étienne Balibar, Silvia Federici, Angela Davis and Toni Negri.
Radical Philosophy emerged out of the long 1960s, framed politically by the student movement and the New Left, and intellectually by a rebellion against what the first issue of the journal termed ‘the poverty of so much that now passes for philosophy’. In the 1980s and 1990s, this was refashioned by a more profound engagement with feminism, ecology and the new social movements, as well as by an attempt to get to grips with both the changing forms of what was then called ‘continental philosophy’ and the consequences of the Thatcherite and Reaganite counter-revolutions. From the early 2000s, when the first version of the radicalphilosophy.com website went live, the journal sought consistently to expand its geopolitical horizons, with contributions from Latin America, Africa and East Asia – albeit never enough – while publishing important articles that brought philosophical perspectives to a range of new disciplinary and cross-disciplinary areas from media theory, geography and film studies to architecture, literary and art theory.
One of many self-published left-wing journals that were founded in Britain in the early 1970s, Radical Philosophy is today, however, more or less alone in its continuing independence from corporate publishing and in its political commitment to a collective editorial project.
We hope that, among other things, the pages of Radical Philosophy will become a venue for reflection upon the question of what it might mean to decolonise philosophy today. Alongside the translation and introduction of new authors, such an enterprise entails a profound questioning of the very notion of canonicity and the essence of the method of reason that calls itself philosophical. It is in keeping forever open the question of what it might mean to do philosophy that the project of a radical philosophy can remain truly radical.