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West, Cornel

Works: 345 works in 722 publications in 2 languages and 43,908 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Interviews  Encyclopedias  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Interviewee, Performer, Commentator, Editor, Author of introduction, Speaker, Other, Narrator
Classifications: E185.615, 305.896073
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Most widely held works by Cornel West
Race matters by Cornel West ( Book )
32 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 4,699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Despite the increasing climate of racial hatred and violence in America, discussions of race seem to be mired in traditional liberal and conservative rhetoric. Finally Cornel West provides a transformative voice willing to go to the heart of the issues and help begin the healing of our nation. Race Matters addresses some of today's most urgent issues for black Americans - from discrimination to despair, from leadership to the legacy of Malcolm X. West has the courage to break taboos of silence in the black community, while always acknowledging the realities of race in America. West, the grandson of a Baptist minister, has fused the love ethic of the African-American religious tradition with the political insights of the Black Panthers. From his fresh perspective on race in America, West is able to untangle even the issues that have been too painful or controversial for others: the new black conservatism, black-Jewish relations, and myths about black sexuality. Philosopher, theologian, and activist, West was described by the New York Times as "a cosmopolitan public intellectual among academic specialists.... [West] makes the life of the mind exciting." Scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., called West "our Black Jeremiah," and Harvard Divinity School's Dean Ronald F. Thiemann said West is "the only person on the intellectual scene capable of inheriting the mantle of Reinhold Niebuhr." Racial hierarchy, Cornel West warns, dooms us as a nation to collective paranoia and hysteria - the unmaking of any democratic order. With love and insight, West's Race Matters will help guide Americans toward a genuine multiracial democracy
The African-American century : how Black Americans have shaped our country by Henry Louis Gates ( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 2,523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Profiles one hundred influential African Americans who helped shape the history of the twentieth century, including revered figures in the fields of music, literature, sports, science, politics, and the civil rights movement
The future of the race by Henry Louis Gates ( Book )
16 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 1,914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Appendix contains: W. E. B. DuBois and "The Talented Tenth"/ Henry Louis Gates, Jr., "The Talented Tenth" / W. E. B. DuBois, 1903, and "The Talented Tenth Memorial Address", / W. E. B. DuBois, 1948
Democracy matters : winning the fight against imperialism by Cornel West ( Book )
14 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 1,913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the threats to democracy that exist both in the United States and in the Middle East, discussing the corruption that plagues our own democracy, the failure to foster peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and other crises
The American evasion of philosophy : a genealogy of pragmatism by Cornel West ( Book )
18 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 1,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Taking Emerson as his starting point, Cornel West's basic task in this ambitious enterprise is to chart the emergence, development, decline, and recent resurgence of American pragmatism. John Dewey is the central figure in West's pantheon of pragmatists, but he treats as well such varied mid-century representatives of the tradition as Sidney Hook, C. Wright Mills, W. E. B. Du Bois, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Lionel Trilling. West's "genealogy" is, ultimately, a very personal work, for it is imbued throughout with the author's conviction that a thorough reexamination of American pragmatism may help inspire and instruct contemporary efforts to remake and reform American society and culture."
Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history ( Book )
11 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains 2,200 entries that provide information about African-American history, arranged alphabetically, and featuring a large number of biographies, as well as information about places, events, historical eras, legal cases, cultural achievements, professions, and sports
Keeping faith : philosophy and race in America by Cornel West ( Book )
15 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 1,490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Keeping Faith offers West's distinctive mix of political passions and careful scrutiny. Whether exploring 'the new cultural politics of difference', American pragmatism, or race and social theory, he sustains a difficult balance between a subtly argued critique of the past and present, and a broadly conceived, daring vision of the future. Both troubling and exhilarating, Keeping Faith maps not only the concerns of one of the most significant public intellectuals of our time, but issues crucial to Americans of all races
Making it on broken promises leading African American male scholars confront the culture of higher education ( )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Sixteen of America's leading scholars offer an uncompromising critique of the academy from their perspective as African American men." "They challenge dominant majority assumptions about the culture of higher education, most particularly its claims of openness to diversity and divergent traditions." "What is remarkable about the chapters that make up this book - despite the authors' different paths to success, their disparate fields of study, and their distinct voices - is their almost unanimous message that higher education is inimical to African Americans."--BOOK JACKET
Struggles in the promised land toward a history of Black-Jewish relations in the United States by Jack Salzman ( )
10 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
affirmative action, Zionism, Blacks and Jews in the American Left, educational relations between the two groups, and the real and perceived roles Hollywood has played in the current tensions. At a time when accusations come more readily than careful consideration, Struggles in the Promised Land offers a much-needed voice of reason and historical understanding
Breaking bread : insurgent Black intellectual life by bell hooks ( Book )
8 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Restoring hope : conversations on the future of Black America by Cornel West ( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Perhaps the most prominent public intellectual of our time, Cornel West asks nine of America's most influential artists, scholars, and public figures about the sources of hope among African Americans today: "How can we be realistic about what this nation is about and still sustain hope, acknowledging that we're up against so much?"
Spirits of the passage : the Transatlantic slave trade in the seventeenth century by Madeleine Burnside ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of the early slave trade between Africa and the New World, especially Barbados, is told around the discovery of a wrecked slave ship. The book points out the differences between slavery in the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries
The war against parents : what we can do for America's beleaguered moms and dads by Sylvia Ann Hewlett ( Book )
6 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In calling for a Parents' Bill of Rights, the authors seek to unite America's 62 million parents behind an agenda that spans the divides of race, gender, and class
Prophesy deliverance! : an Afro-American revolutionary Christianity by Cornel West ( Book )
8 editions published between 1982 and 2003 in English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jews and Blacks : let the healing begin by Michael Lerner ( Book )
7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Can Jews and Blacks be friends and allies once again? It's neither easy nor impossible, say Michael Lerner and Cornel West, in a dialogue that looks at the most pressing problems of contemporary America through the prism of the relationship between their two communities. The alliance between Blacks and Jews was the cornerstone of liberal politics for much of the twentieth century. Yet today there are people in each community who see their former ally as their most dangerous foe. In the current political climate, it would be easy to suggest we gloss over the differences and unite in the face of a common enemy: the reactionary right. But calls for unity are not likely to succeed unless they are based on working through the explosive issues that separate communities. West and Lerner refuse to compromise their deeply held views for the sake of unity. In a dialogue that is always respectful, though sometimes marked by tension, they help each other understand their different ways of looking at the world. Avoiding easy outs and quick fixes, they explore such subjects as Louis Farrakhan, Zionism, the economic inequalities between Jewish and Black communities, crime, and affirmative action. Both powerful public intellectuals, Lerner and West take on some of the most demanding problems of our time, in a sophisticated but extremely accessible way. They conclude with a plan for healing the rifts that have developed. But in a deeper sense, it is their dialogue itself that is healing. Lerner and West's relationship is a model rarely seen in American politics: two powerful men ready to explore differences, not afraid to disagree, and drawn through the course of the dialogue to grow closer and more caring for each other. The dialogue of this book is a model for both the Black and the Jewish communities, and it suggests that healing and transformation are possible, and that hope can triumph over cynicism and despair
Post-analytic philosophy ( Book )
11 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The rich and the rest of us : a poverty manifesto by Tavis Smiley ( Book )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The authors re-examine our assumptions about poverty in America--what it really is and how to eliminate it now
The affirmative action debate ( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Affirmative Action Debate collects the leading voices on all sides of this crucial dialogue. A provocative range of politicians, researchers, legal experts, and businesspeople dispute the best way to fight discrimination. Their essays explore such questions as, How did affirmative-action policies come to be? Who benefits most from them, and who suffers? How do these programs work in hiring, contracting, college admissions, and other fields? What will recent Supreme Court rulings and legislative initiatives mean? And, most fundamentally, does any race-conscious remedy simply perpetuate discrimination? Recognizing affirmative action as more than a black-and-white issue, this book includes the voices of women, Latinos, and Asian-Americans who are also affected but often ignored. A sourcebook of solid facts and surprising arguments." --Book Jacket
Examined life by Astra Taylor ( Visual )
16 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examined Life takes philosophy into the hustle and bustle of the everyday. The "rock star" philosophers of our time take "walks" through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas. These places include crowded city streets, deserted alleyways, Central Park, and a garbage dump
African American religious thought : an anthology ( Book )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Cornel West
West, Cornel 1953-
West, Cornel (Cornel Ronald), 1953-
West, Cornel R. 1953-
West, Cornel Ronald.
West, Cornel Ronald 1953-
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