Cornel West Reader

ISBN-10: 0465091105
ISBN-13: 9780465091102
Edition: 2000
Authors: Cornel West
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Description: This anthology reveals the range of West's work, from his explorations of Prophetic Pragmatism to his philosophising on hip-hop. It also traces the development of West's extraordinary career as academic, public intellectual, and activist.

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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 8/14/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

This anthology reveals the range of West's work, from his explorations of Prophetic Pragmatism to his philosophising on hip-hop. It also traces the development of West's extraordinary career as academic, public intellectual, and activist.

Professor, writer, and civil rights activist Cornel West was born on June 2, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973 with an M.A. and later taught African-American studies there. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Haverford College, and Princeton University, the latter as professor of religion and director of African-American studies. West earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980. He has written more than twenty books, including Race Matters and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America.

Preface
Introduction: To Be Human, Modern and American
Autobiographical Prelude
The Making of an American Radical Democrat of African Descent
On My Intellectual Vocation
Sing a Song
Modernity and Its Discontents
The Ignoble Paradox of Modernity
Race and Modernity
Black Strivings in a Twilight Civilization
The New Cultural Politics of Difference
American Pragmatism
Why Pragmatism?
On Prophetic Pragmatism
Pragmatism and the Sense of the Tragic
The Limits of Neopragmatism
Nietzsche's Prefiguration of Postmodern American Philosophy
Progressive Marxist Theory
The Indispensability Yet Insufficiency of Marxist Theory
Fredric Jameson's American Marxism
Race and Social Theory
Radical Democratic Politics
The Role of Law in Progressive Politics
The Political Intellectual
A World of Ideas
The Dilemma of the Black Intellectual
American Progressivism Reoriented
Parents and National Survival
On the 1980s
Michael Harrington, Democratic Socialist
Prophetic Christian Thought
The Crisis in Contemporary American Religion
The Historicist Turn in Philosophy of Religion
Religion and the Left
On Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza's In Memory of Her
On Leszek Kolakowski
On Liberation Theology: Segundo and Hinkelammert
Christian Love and Heterosexism
A Philosophical View of Easter
On Gibson Winter's Ecological Ecumenism
Prophetic Christian as Organic Intellectual: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Subversive Joy and Revolutionary Patience in Black Christianity
The Arts
Critical Reflections on Art
Horace Pippin's Challenge to Art Criticism
Race and Architecture
The Spirituals as Lyrical Poetry
In Memory of Marvin Gaye
On Afro-American Music: From Bebop to Rap
On Anna Deavere Smith's Fires in the Mirror
On Walt Whitman
Race and Difference
On Affirmative Action
On Black-Brown Relations
On Black Sexuality
On Black Nationalism
Tensions with Jewish Friends and Foes
On Jackie Robinson
On Julianne Malveaux
Conversation with bell hooks
Postscript
Chekhov, Coltrane and Democracy
Notes
Index

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