The Cornel West Reader

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Basic Books, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 604 pages
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Cornel West is one of the nation’s premier public intellectuals and one of the great prophetic voices of our era. Whether he is writing a scholarly book or an article for Newsweek, whether he is speaking of Emerson, Gramsci, or Marvin Gaye, his work radiates a passion that reflects the rich traditions he draws on and weaves togetherÑBaptist preaching, American transcendentalism, jazz, radical politics. This anthology reveals the dazzling range of West’s work, from his explorations of ”Prophetic Pragmatism” to his philosophizing on hip-hop.The Cornel West Reader traces the development of West’s extraordinary career as academic, public intellectual, and activist. In his essays, articles, books, and interviews, West emerges as America’s social conscience, urging attention to complicated issues of racial and economic justice, sexuality and gender, history and politics. This collection represents the best work of an always compelling, often controversial, and absolutely essential philosopher of the modern American experience.
  

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A collection of writings by Doctor West covering a vast array of topics including philosophy, race relations, religion, politics, evolution of music, art critic and others. West is highly intelligent ... Read full review

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Inspiring and thought provoking! I learned so much about how much strength I have and forgotten about. Read full review

Contents

The Making of an American Radical Democrat of African Descent
3
On My Intellectual Vocation
19
Sing a Song
34
MODERNITY AND ITS DISCONTENTS
49
The Ignoble Paradox of Modernity
51
Race and Modernity
55
Black Striving in a Twilight Civilization
87
The New Cultural Politics of Difference
119
On Leszek Kolakowski
387
On Liberation Theology Segundo and Hinkelammert
393
Christian Love and Heterosexism
401
A Philosophical View of Easter
415
On Gibson Winters Ecological Ecumenism
421
Prophetic Christian as Organic Intellectual Martin Luther King Jr
425
Subversive Joy and Revolutionary Patience in Black Christianity
435
THE ARTS
441

AMERICAN PRAGMATISM
141
Why Pragmatism?
143
On Prophetic Pragmatism
149
Pragmatism and the Sense of the Tragic
174
The Limits of Neopragmatism
183
Nietzsches Prefiguration of Postmodern American Philosophy
188
The Indispensability Yet Insufficiency of Marxist Theory
213
Fredric Jamesons American Marxism
231
Race and Social Theory
251
The Role of Law in Progressive Politics
269
The Political Intellectual
278
A World of Ideas
294
The Dilemma of the Black Intellectual
302
American Progressivism Reoriented
316
Parents and National Survival
333
On the 1980s
344
Michael Harrington Democratic Socialist
348
PROPHETIC CHRISTIAN THOUGHT
355
The Crisis in Contemporary American Religion
357
The Historicist Turn in Philosophy of Religion
360
Religion and the Left
372
On Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenzas In Memory of Her
380
Critical Reflections on Art
443
Horace Pippins Challenge to Art Criticism
447
Race and Architecture
456
The Spirituals as Lyrical Poetry
463
In Memory of Marvin Gaye
471
On AfroAmerican Music From Bebop to Rap
474
On Anna Deavere Smiths Fires in the Mirror
485
On Walt Whitman
489
On Affirmative Action
495
On BlackBrown Relations
499
On Black Sexuality
514
On Black Nationalism
521
Tensions with Jewish Friends and Foes
530
On Jackie Robinson
536
On Julianne Malveaux
539
Conversation with bell hooks
541
POSTSCRIPT
549
Chekhov Coltrane and Democracy
551
Notes
565
Index
593
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Cornel West is professor of Afro-American studies and philosophy of religion at Harvard University. He is the author of many books, including Keeping Faith, Prophetic Fragments, The Future of the Race (with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.), Breaking Bread (with bell hooks), and the bestselling Race Matters.

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