The Cornel West Reader by Cornel West

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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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Educator and philosopher Dr. Cornel West is the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University. Known as one of America's most gifted, provocative, and important public intellectuals, Dr. West has won numerous awards, including the American Book Award, and has received more than 20 honorary degrees. His best-selling book "Race Matters" (1993), which has sold over 400,000 copies, changed the course of America's dialogue on race, justice, and democracy; and his book "Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism" (2004) was a # 11 "New York Times" bestseller. His writings, along with his frequent lectures, have brought him widespread attention and honors.
 
Published October 7, 1999 by Basic Civitas Books. 624 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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West is the professor of religion and director of Afro- American studies at Princeton whose short essay collection, Race Matters (p.

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A conversation between a black and a Jew that cuts to the heart of the troubled relationship between the two peoples.

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West and Hewlett hope to spark a parents— movement that will lead to implementation of a “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” including such items as paid parenting leave, a “living wage,” legal and moral support for fathers (for instance, in child custody disputes), and family health coverage.

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The co-authors identify the “oppressive contrast between the vitality and greatness of the country and the littleness and deadness of its public life” as the root cause of America’s traditional struggles with race and class, as well as emerging problems in the new global economy.

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West identifies the valuable insights of black conservatives while taking their conclusions to pieces and sees black anti-Semitism as threatening the ethical nature of the black struggle (if it ``becomes simply a power-driven war...that pits xenophobia from below against racism from above, then D...

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Gates (Identities) and West (Race Matters, 1993, etc.) have compiled over 100 essays of mostly biographical material on some fairly well-known figures in the arts, military life, sports, civil rights, politics, and religion.

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a way of speaking about black advancement that doesn't distort the enduring realities of black poverty.'' Thoughtful and, particularly in the Gates essay, deeply felt.

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Well, we can start by embracing a “Socratic-driven, prophetic-centered, tragicomic-tempered, blues-inflected, jazz-saturated” vision “that posits America as a confident yet humble democratic experiment that should be shoring up international law and multilateral institutions that preclude imperia...

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West was justly praised for his provocative study Race Matters (1993), an exploration of the nature of racial discourse in contemporary America.

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And this retrospective collection certainly validates his stated desire “to lay bare the basic structure of my intellectual work and life.” Although much of the material has been published in book form before, West manages to put the pieces together in revealingly and economically thematic chunks.

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The grandson of a Baptist minister, West is a professor at Harvard University who has adeptly combined the introspective strengths of the academic philosopher-theologian with the activist and humanist

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The grandson of a Baptist minister, West is a professor at Harvard University who has adeptly combined the introspective strengths of the academic philosopher-theologian with the activist and humanist elements of the African-American religious tradition and black nationalist thought.

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