"Keeping Faith" is the richest account available of the work of Cornel West, one of today's leading African American intellectuals. This powerful collection of essays ranges widely across politics and philosophy in America, the role of the black intellectual, legal theory and the future of liberal thought, and the fate of African Americans. In West's hands issues of race and freedom are inextricably tied to questions of philosophy and, above all, to a belief in the power of the human spirit.
West situates the current position of African Americans, tracing the genealogy of the "Afro-American Rebellion" from Martin Luther King to the rise of black revolutionary leftists. He explains both the opportunities and limitations of liberalism and nationalism, and offers strategies for a new generation of African Americans.
West insists that African American oppression be understood within the larger crises of North Atlantic civilization. While maintaining the specificity of black identity and resistance, he provocatively suggests alliances with other intellectual and communal forms of American radicalism. Writing on "the new cultural politics of difference," the critical legal studies movement, American pragmatism, or race and social theory, West sustains the difficult balance between a subtly argued critique of the past and present, and a broadly conceived, daring vision of the future.
"The strength of West's passion is magisterially complemented by the breadth of his intellectual range. He writes with the spirit of nineteenth-century American sages and the practical wisdom of twentieth-century urban rappers. If a salvific change is to be managed for the twenty-first century, West's profound writings will surely lead the way."
""Keeping Faith represents something like a greatest hits' album of West's, collecting and remastering some of his finest essays from a variety of disciplinary foci and tying them together with the bright red-white-and-blue ribbons of prophetic pragmatism.."
-Paul Gilroy, "ArtForum
"The best of Cornel West which is to say the best of contemporary philosophical insight, the best of inspired theological vision, the best of what public intellectual debate can aspire to."
-Patricia Williams, author of "The Alchemy of Race and Rights
"Cornel West's sinewy, brilliantly analytic and encouraging voice sounds clearly and attractively in these essays. They range across a remarkable range of philosophical, political, legal and cultural issues. Yet all of them are anchored in the realities of our time, to which Cornel West is not simply a lucid African-American guide equal to the complexities of real multiculturalism, but also an authentic teacher of hope and reason."
-Edward W. Said
..."this book provides uncommon insight into what West calls prophetic criticism'--critical analysis that inspires as well as condemns.."
os Angeles Times
Series: Routledge Classics
Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 11th November 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 14.48 x 21.84
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1