<history of philosophy, biography> American theologian and social philosopher born in 1953. His The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism (1989) traces the origins of American thought in the work of Emerson and Thoreau. In The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought (1991) and Race Matters (1993), West addresses the significance of racial concerns in contemporary American culture. Recommended Reading: Cornel West, Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America (Routledge, 1994); The Cornel West Reader (Basic, 2000); Cornel West: A Critical Reader, ed. by George Yancy (Blackwell, 2001); and bell hooks and Cornel West, Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life (South End, 1991).
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