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Cornel West: The Politics of Redemption

Cornel West: The Politics of Redemption

Rosemary Cowan

ISBN: 978-0-745-62492-1

Dec 2002, Polity

224 pages

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$69.95

Description

In this new book Rosemary Cowan provides a clear and highly accessible introduction to the work of Cornel West, a provocative and eclectic thinker who has emerged as one of America's foremost public intellectuals.
Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Chapter 1. Reading West.

Chapter 2. Race and American Democracy.

Chapter 3. Jazz Philosophy: Westian Pragmatism.

Chapter 4. 'Prophetic' Christianity.

Chapter 5. Re-conceptualizing Marxism: West's Radicalism.

Chapter 6. The Multicontextual Public Intellectual.

Chapter 7. The Politics of ‘Conversion' West's ‘Love Ethic'.

Chapter 8. Achieving Democracy: Applying the Love Ethic.

Conclusion: Creative Tensions.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index

"Cornel West: The Politics of Redemption is a bold and courageous text that insightfully defends the thesis that liberation theology is at the core of West’s synoptic and existentially engaged philosophical corpus. Rejecting a narrow conception of theology, Cowan provides a hermeneutic lens through which to make sense of West’s pragmatist and Marxist leanings, and his prophetic Christianity. This book is a must read." George Yancy, McAnulty Fellow at Duquesne University
The first book-length study of Cornel West, one of America's foremost public intellectuals.

Outlines the main themes of his thought and discusses all of his major works, which span philosophy, politics, theology and Afrocan America Studies.

West's work impacts on debates surrounding race relations, the future agenda of the Left and the resurgence of pragmatism. He offers a compelling vision of the way in which values derived from spirituality can underline a movement for radical social transformation.

Cowan argues that liberation theology provides the most coherent approach to West's work, and shows how this links to his political and ethical commitments.

Provides a clear and highly accessible introduction to the work of Cornel West, a provocative and eclectic thinker who has emerged as one of America's foremost public intellectuals.

West's work encroaches on important contemporary debates concerning race relations, the future agenda of the Left and the resurgence of pragmatism.

He offers a compelling vision of the way in which values derived from spirituality can underline a movement for radical social transformation.

His political ethic seeks not only to reinvigorate leftist politics but also to reconcile American democratic practice with democratic theory.

A major feature of this book is Cowan's assertion that liberation theology provides the most coherent approach to West's work.