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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.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 153.4 x 229.1 x 16.5mm | 335.66g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745624936
  • 9780745624938
  • 1,464,003

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In this new book Rosemary Cowan provides a clear and highlyaccessible introduction to the work of Cornel West, a provocativethinker who has emerged as one of America's foremost publicintellectuals.





West's multi-disciplinary work has helped to shape keydebates concerning race relations, identity politics, the directionof the Left, the resurgence of pragmatism, and the role ofcontemporary intellectuals. He offers a compelling vision of theway in which values derived from spirituality can underline amovement for radical social change and his political ethic seeksnot only to reinvigorate leftist politics, but also to reconcileAmerican democratic practice with democratic theory. However, somevocal critics are skeptical of his stature as a serious scholar andhave dismissed his work as intellectually opportunistic andincoherent.





Drawing on extended interviews with West, Cowan adopts asympathetic but critical stance toward his almost innumerablepolitical postures. She outlines the main themes of his thought, highlighting the principles behind his eclecticism. A major featureof the book is her assertion that liberation theology offers themost coherent approach to West's work.
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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. Index
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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 University
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About Rosemary Cowan

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