Cornel West

Class of 1943 University Professor, Emeritus
Twitter: @cornelwest

PhD., Philosophy

Princeton University

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.

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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.