139. A Love Supreme: Cornel West

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An introduction to the thought of Cornel West, focusing on his early essay “Philosophy and the Afro-American Experience.”



Further Reading

• C. West, "Philosophy and the Afro-American Experience," The Philosophical Forum 9 (1977-1978): 117-148.

• C. West, Prophesy Deliverance! An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity, 40th anniversary expanded ed. (Louisville: 2022 [1982]).

• C. West, Prophetic Fragments: Illuminations of the Crisis in American Religion and Culture (Grand Rapids/Trenton: 1988).

• C. West, The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism (Madison: 1989).

• C. West and b. hooks, Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life (Boston: 1991).

• C. West, Race Matters (Boston: 1993). 

• C. West, The Cornel West Reader (New York: 1999).

• C. West with D. Ritz, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud (New York: 2009).


• R. Cowan, Cornel West: The Politics of Redemption (Cambridge, UK: 2003).

• C.S. Johnson, Cornel West and Philosophy: The Quest for Social Justice (New York: 2003).

• M.D. Wood, Cornel West and the Politics of Prophetic Pragmatism (Urbana: 2000).

 • G. Yancy (ed.), Cornel West: A Critical Reader (Malden: 2001).


Anonymous Heyu… on 8 February 2024

I didn't know Cornel West…

I didn't know Cornel West was a philosopher..... (;´Д`) 


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Peter Adamson on 8 February 2024

Is Cornel West a philosopher?

Actually we talk about that both in this episode and the following interview with him. I actually tend to think philosophy is the center of gravity in his work, although there is a lot more going on. But you can hear what the man himself says about it in the interview...

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