Cornel West

Class of 1943 University Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D, Philosophy
Princeton University
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Cornel West

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. He has written 19 books and edited 13 books. He is best known for his classic Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his new memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. Please direct media inquiries for Cornel West to his assistant: Maria Cole Executive Assistant to Cornel West mcole@uts.columbia.edu

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Professor Cornel West is a philosopher and professor of religion and African American Studies. He is an outspoken intellectual committed to activist work and justice. He was the first Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University. He is Class of 1943 University Professor, Emeritus at Princeton University. In his scholarly work, West focuses on the area where religious thought, social theory, and pragmatic philosophy meet.¬†The recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees and an American Book Award, West¬†he has written or contributed to over twenty published books. He is author of the influential¬†American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism, a history of pragmatism from Emerson to the present. Other works include¬†Prophetic Fragments: Illuminations of the Crisis in American Religion and Culture (1988) and The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought. He is also author of best-selling popular titles including Race Matters, The Future of the Race, Democracy Matters, Black Prophetic Fire and a memoir entitled Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.¬†Cornel West is a prominent and provocative American voice from the far left for working class and poor people around the world.   The recipient of more than 20 honorary degrees and an American Book Award,[6] he has written or contributed to over twenty published books. Professor Cornel West is an American philosopher, academic, social activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. ¬†scholar of religion, philosophy, and African-American studies In his scholarly work, West focuses on the area where religious thought, social theory, and pragmatic philosophy meet.¬†His most influential book, The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism, is a history of pragmatism from Emerson to the present. His book Race Matters sold nearly 400,000 copies and influenced a national dialogue on race.¬†He is the recipient of the American Book Award, and has received more than 20 honorary degrees. In 1982, West's Prophesy Deliverance: An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity was published. During the rest of the 1980s and early '90s, West brought out more books that touched on philosophy and religion, such asProphetic Fragments: Illuminations of the Crisis in American Religion and Culture (1988) and The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought (1991). West's writing also addressed racial and sociopolitical phenomena. The essays in the best-selling Race Matters (1993) focused on the plight of struggling African Americans. West's major written works have since included The Future of the Race (1997), written with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,Democracy Matters (2004) and a memoir entitled Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud (2009).¬†recent works include Pro+Agonist: The Art of Opposition (2012) and Black Prophetic Fire (2014)   In 1998, he was appointed the first Alphonse Fletcher University Professor.[25] West utilized this new position to teach in not only African-American studies, but also in divinity, religion, and philosophy.

Courses

AAS 500
Introduction to African American Intellectual Tradition

This interdisciplinary seminar introduces graduate students from many departments to the African-American intellectual tradition. Particular attention will be paid to black radicalism, in both the U.S. and the African Diaspora, with a focus on issues of class and gender alongside race. A broad set of topics are discussed, including: racial formation; slavery; empire; and social movements. The course presupposes a familiarity with issues in African American studies.

This course is required for graduate certificate requirements.