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Cornel West : The Politics of Redemption

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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 Americaa s foremost public intellectuals.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 153.4 x 229.1 x 16.5mm | 335.66g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745624936
  • 9780745624938
  • 1,252,232

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"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 Universityshow more

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In this new book Rosemary Cowan provides a clear and highly accessible introduction to the work of Cornel West, a provocative thinker who has emerged as one of America's foremost public intellectuals. West's multi-disciplinary work has helped to shape key debates concerning race relations, identity politics, the direction of the Left, the resurgence of pragmatism, and the role of contemporary intellectuals. He offers a compelling vision of the way in which values derived from spirituality can underline a movement for radical social change and his political ethic seeks not only to reinvigorate leftist politics, but also to reconcile American democratic practice with democratic theory. However, some vocal critics are skeptical of his stature as a serious scholar and have dismissed his work as intellectually opportunistic and incoherent. Drawing on extended interviews with West, Cowan adopts a sympathetic but critical stance toward his almost innumerable political postures. She outlines the main themes of his thought, highlighting the principles behind his eclecticism. A major feature of the book is her assertion that liberation theology offers the most coherent approach to West's work.show more

About Rosemary Cowan

Rosemary Cowan has taught political theory and American politics at California State University, Stanislausshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction. Chapter 1. Reading West. Chapter 2. Race and American Democracy. Chapter 3. Jazz Philosophy: Westian Pragmatism. Chapter 4. a Prophetica Christianity. Chapter 5. Re--conceptualizing Marxism: Westa s Radicalism. Chapter 6. The Multicontextual Public Intellectual. Chapter 7. The Politics of 'Conversiona Westa s 'Love Ethica . Chapter 8. Achieving Democracy: Applying the Love Ethic. Conclusion: Creative Tensions. Notes. Bibliography. Indexshow more

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