Prophetic Pragmatism: Cultural Criticism and Political Engagement John Rajchman and Cornel West (New York: Columbia University Press, ), pp. 3 – Feminist Prophetic Pragmatism. MAURICE HAMINGTON. Metropolitan State College of Denver. Cornel West, one of the most well-known and recognizable. PDF | This essay explores the Foucauldian influence on Cornel West’s prophetic pragmatism. Although West argues that Foucauldian methods are insufficient to.

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A prophetic pragmatist cannot, however, believe that human teleology prophetjc defined by the survival of the fittest, classlessness or the dialectic of consciousness resulting in absolute consciousness. Johnson argues that the philosophy of Cornel West, prophetic pragmatism, has an ethical basis of secular humanism. They thereby too often treated black folk-culture as prphetic or the black poor as lacking virtues while promoting images of the middle class as salutary.

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Sign in to use this feature. There is clear evidence that West is a humanist. Community in the Age of Empire. But the converse is not true. MacDonald – – History of Political Thought 11 3: Each considered the Negro as either an inferior human being or, like Locke, a non-human animal just below true humans and just above simple beasts.

Downing – – In Steven Mailloux ed. One important way that humanists differ is that some are naturalists -believing that every property of persons is continuous with or explainable by properties, terms, meanings, and facts offered by natural science cornrl thereby subject to the regime of reasons and reasonable speculation.

Joli Jensen – – In David K. Johnson and West use a distinction between oppression as a matter of class and oppression as a matter of race. History of Western Philosophy.


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Classical pragmatism, and especially the pragmatism of Alain Locke, the most noted pragmatist working on race during the Harlem Renaissance, is suspicious of all grand narratives – including liberal-Christian grand narratives that presaged a liberal future based on deeply Christian values such as salvation through a personal savior.

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Prophetic pragmatism: cultural criticism and political engagement

Cornel West Harvard University. If middle-class images were the ones to which the black poor considered representative of dignity, and the white infrastructure of publishing companies could be used to promote such images even while those same infrastructures were promoting images of the black as inferior, Johnson does not find such a use condemnable.

West does not parse oppression between class and race; Johnson thinks that the solution to racial oppression is social inclusion, however, he offers no argument that social inclusion is in any way effective to abate the history of differential material opportunities between blacks and white, let alone overcoming differences between the working and upper classes. In doing so, they tended to portray blacks as homogenous and racism as having a pragmatiem deleterious effect.

Unique individual humans are that if and only if they are human.

On Cornel West’s Foucauldian Methodology. A Guide for the Perplexed. They can use naturalist explanations of events, for example, evolutionary accounts of the development of species or material-determinists accounts of motivation, to help explain social events. And West is a strong advocate for rendering our ethical judgments to rational debate. Request removal from index. Cornel West and the Politics of Prophetic Pragmatism.

Galley – – Diogenes 55 3: His views are anti-establishment in the sense that he warns us against the loss of individual freedom in the face of corporate greed. Social and Political Philosophy categorize this paper.


An optimistic outlook, namely, that there is hope human life will improve, is characteristic of both classical humanists and West. The Implicit Theology of Cornel West. Pragmatism, Feminism, and Racial Privilege.

In support of Johnson, take the following into consideration: Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. No keywords specified fix it. Religionists, for example, are not naturalist because they deny that humans are wholly reducible to or explainable by such properties.

Inventing the Modern Self and John Dewey: Talisse – – Continuum. These philosophers were anthropocentric and provided a hierarchy of types of humans. Johnson misses this distinction. Art, the Public, and Deweyan Cultural Criticism. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Find it on Scholar.

Sign in Create an account. Jeffrey Stout – – Contemporary Pragmatism 4 1: Maurice Hamington – – Journal of Speculative Philosophy 23 2: The antiracism of the Renaissance authors was directed at the nearly absolute presentation of blacks as non-humans; their goal was to establish a classification of blacks as humans.

These intellectuals, according to West, did what the white male power elite did – universalize their own experiences and definitions of a positive image. Marc Lombardo – – Contemporary Pragmatism 4 1: Brad Elliott Stone – – Foucault Studies In addition, a prophetic pragmatist cannot be an atheist or agnostic.