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West situates the current position of African Americans, tracing the genealogy of the "Afro-American Rebellion" from Martin Luther King to the rise of black revolutionary leftists. He explains both the opportunities and limitations of liberalism and nationalism, and offers strategies for a new generation of African Americans.
West insists that African American oppression be understood within the larger crises of North Atlantic civilization. While maintaining the specificity of black identity and resistance, he provocatively suggests alliances with other intellectual and communal forms of American radicalism. Writing on "the new cultural politics of difference," the critical legal studies movement, American pragmatism, or race and social theory, West sustains the difficult balance between a subtly argued critique of the past and present, and a broadly conceived, daring vision of the future.
This powerful collection of essays ranges widely across politics and philosophy in America, the role of the black intellectual, legal theory and the future of liberal thought, and the fate of African Americans. The author of Race Matters, West lectures widely and appears frequently on TV.
|Preface: The Difficulty of Keeping Faith|
|1||The New Cultural Politics of Difference||3|
|2||Black Critics and the Pitfalls of Canon Formation||33|
|3||A Note on Race and Architecture||45|
|4||Horace Pippin's Challenge to Art Criticism||55|
|5||The Dilemma of the Black Intellectual||67|
|6||Theory, Pragmatisms and Politics||89|
|7||Pragmatism and the Sense of the Tragic||107|
|8||The Historicist Turn in Philosophy of Religion||119|
|9||The Limits of Neopragmatism||135|
|10||On Georg Lukacs||143|
|11||Fredric Jameson's American Marxism||165|
|12||Reassessing the Critical Legal Studies Movement||195|
|13||Critical Legal Studies and a Liberal Critic||207|
|14||Charles Taylor and the Critical Legal Studies Movement||227|
|15||The Role of Law in Progressive Politics||235|
|16||Race and Social Theory||251|
|17||The Paradox of the African American Rebellion||271|