Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America

Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America

by Cornel West
     
 

In Keeping Faith, Cornel West - author of the bestselling Race Matters - puts forward his ideas about race and about philosophy. West's powerful voice ranges widely across issues of race and culture, the role of the black intellectual, politics and philosophy in America, art and architecture, questions of legal theory, and the future of liberal thought. In a time of… See more details below

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In Keeping Faith, Cornel West - author of the bestselling Race Matters - puts forward his ideas about race and about philosophy. West's powerful voice ranges widely across issues of race and culture, the role of the black intellectual, politics and philosophy in America, art and architecture, questions of legal theory, and the future of liberal thought. In a time of decay and discouragement in the black community and among progressive forces at large, Keeping Faith offers new strategies to galvanize and propel a new generation of African Americans. Yet, West argues, racial subordination must be understood within the larger crises of our society. Maintaining the uniqueness of black identity and resistance, he provocatively suggests alliances with other intellectual and community-based forms of American radicalism. Keeping Faith offers West's distinctive mix of political passions and careful scrutiny. Whether exploring 'the new cultural politics of difference', American pragmatism, or race and social theory, he sustains a difficult balance between a subtly argued critique of the past and present, and a broadly conceived, daring vision of the future. Both troubling and exhilarating, Keeping Faith maps not only the concerns of one of the most significant public intellectuals of our time, but issues crucial to Americans of all races.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415910286
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,316,575
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface: The Difficulty of Keeping Faith
1The New Cultural Politics of Difference3
2Black Critics and the Pitfalls of Canon Formation33
3A Note on Race and Architecture45
4Horace Pippin's Challenge to Art Criticism55
5The Dilemma of the Black Intellectual67
6Theory, Pragmatisms and Politics89
7Pragmatism and the Sense of the Tragic107
8The Historicist Turn in Philosophy of Religion119
9The Limits of Neopragmatism135
10On Georg Lukacs143
11Fredric Jameson's American Marxism165
12Reassessing the Critical Legal Studies Movement195
13Critical Legal Studies and a Liberal Critic207
14Charles Taylor and the Critical Legal Studies Movement227
15The Role of Law in Progressive Politics235
16Race and Social Theory251
17The Paradox of the African American Rebellion271
Notes293
Index309

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