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The Cornel West Reader

Basic Civitas Book

Paperback Published: 13th August 2000
ISBN: 9780465091102
Number Of Pages: 624

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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 togetherNBaptist 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.

Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: To Be Human, Modern and Americanp. xv
Autobiographical Prelude
The Making of an American Radical Democrat of African Descentp. 3
On My Intellectual Vocationp. 19
Sing a Songp. 34
Modernity and Its Discontents
The Ignoble Paradox of Modernityp. 51
Race and Modernityp. 55
Black Strivings in a Twilight Civilizationp. 87
The New Cultural Politics of Differencep. 119
American Pragmatism
Why Pragmatism?p. 143
On Prophetic Pragmatismp. 149
Pragmatism and the Sense of the Tragicp. 174
The Limits of Neopragmatismp. 183
Nietzsche's Prefiguration of Postmodern American Philosophyp. 188
Progressive Marxist Theory
The Indispensability Yet Insufficiency of Marxist Theoryp. 213
Fredric Jameson's American Marxismp. 231
Race and Social Theoryp. 251
Radical Democratic Politics
The Role of Law in Progressive Politicsp. 269
The Political Intellectualp. 278
A World of Ideasp. 294
The Dilemma of the Black Intellectualp. 302
American Progressivism Reorientedp. 316
Parents and National Survivalp. 333
On the 1980sp. 344
Michael Harrington, Democratic Socialistp. 348
Prophetic Christian Thought
The Crisis in Contemporary American Religionp. 357
The Historicist Turn in Philosophy of Religionp. 360
Religion and the Leftp. 372
On Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza's In Memory of Herp. 380
On Leszek Kolakowskip. 387
On Liberation Theology: Segundo and Hinkelammertp. 393
Christian Love and Heterosexismp. 401
A Philosophical View of Easterp. 415
On Gibson Winter's Ecological Ecumenismp. 421
Prophetic Christian as Organic Intellectual: Martin Luther King, Jr.p. 425
Subversive Joy and Revolutionary Patience in Black Christianityp. 435
The Arts
Critical Reflections on Artp. 443
Horace Pippin's Challenge to Art Criticismp. 447
Race and Architecturep. 456
The Spirituals as Lyrical Poetryp. 463
In Memory of Marvin Gayep. 471
On Afro-American Music: From Bebop to Rapp. 474
On Anna Deavere Smith's Fires in the Mirrorp. 485
On Walt Whitmanp. 489
Race and Difference
On Affirmative Actionp. 495
On Black-Brown Relationsp. 499
On Black Sexualityp. 514
On Black Nationalismp. 521
Tensions with Jewish Friends and Foesp. 530
On Jackie Robinsonp. 536
On Julianne Malveauxp. 539
Conversation with bell hooksp. 541
Chekhov, Coltrane and Democracyp. 551
Notesp. 565
Indexp. 593
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ISBN: 9780465091102
ISBN-10: 0465091105
Series: Basic Civitas Book
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 13th August 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 1