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(born June 2, 1953, Tulsa, Oklahoma, US) American philosopher, scholar of African American studies, and political activist His influential book Race Matters (1993) lamented what he saw as the spiritual impoverishment of the African American underclass and critically examined the “crisis of black leadership” in the United States West's father was a civilian US Air Force administrator and his mother an elementary school teacher and eventually a principal During West's childhood the family settled in an African American working-class neighbourhood in Sacramento, California There West regularly attended services at the local Baptist church, where he listened to moving testimonials of privation, struggle, and faith from parishioners whose grandparents had been slaves Another influence on West during this time was the Black Panther Party, whose Sacramento offices were near the church he attended.

The Panthers impressed upon him the importance of political activism at the local level and introduced him to the writings of Karl Marx In 1970, at age 17, West entered Harvard University on a scholarship He graduated magna cum laude three years later with a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern languages and literature He attended graduate school in philosophy at Princeton University, where he was influenced by the American pragmatist philosopher Richard Rorty (West briefly abandoned work on his dissertation to write a novel, which was never published) After receiving his doctoral degree in 1980, West taught philosophy, religion, and African American studies at several colleges and universities, including Union Theological Seminary, Yale University (including the Yale Divinity School), the University of Paris, Princeton University, and Harvard University, where he was appointed Alphonse Fletcher, Jr, University Professor in 1998 He returned to Princeton in 2002 West's work was characteristically wide-ranging, eclectic, original, and provocative His several books analyzing issues of race, class, and justice or tracing the history of philosophy typically combined a political perspective based on democratic socialism ( social democracy), a Christian moral sensibility, and a philosophical orientation informed by the tradition of American pragmatism.

His best-known work, Race Matters, a collection of essays, was published exactly one year after the start of riots in Los Angeles that were sparked by the acquittal of four white policemen on charges of aggravated assault in the beating of Rodney King, an African American motorist The book discussed the pervasive despair and “nihilism” of African Americans in poverty and criticized African American leaders for pursuing strategies that West believed were shortsighted, narrow-minded, or self-serving West also considered issues such as black-Jewish relations, the renewed popularity of Malcolm X, and the significance of the Los Angeles riots themselves West was always a political activist as well as an academic, and he did not hesitate to participate in demonstrations or to lend his name or presence to causes he felt were just At times his activism created tensions with the administrations of the universities where he taught In 2001 the new Harvard University president, Laurence Summers, reportedly admonished West in private for devoting too much time to political activity and other extracurricular pursuits Their dispute was soon joined by supporters and detractors of West both inside and outside the academy, who debated not only the merits of West's scholarship but also the commitment of Summers and Harvard to affirmative action programs Eventually West resigned his position at Harvard and moved to Princeton West's other works include The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism (1989), The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought (1991), Beyond Eurocentrism and Multiculturalism (1993), and Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (2004) In 2001 he recorded a raplike spoken-word CD entitled Sketches of My Culture.

In 2003 he appeared as the character Councillor West in the popular movies The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.



 
Dr. Cornel West Interview, Part 1 - David Letterman
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CSRPC Annual Public Lecture with Dr. Cornel West
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TalkingStickTV - Dr. Cornel West - Black Prophetic Fire
Talk by Dr. Cornel West author of the new book "Black Prophetic Fire" given October 9, 2014 at Town Hall Seattle.
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Cornel West We Saw A Massive Transfer Of Military Weapons To Local Police Under Obama
December 03, 2014 BBC News http://MOXNews.com.
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A Public Dialogue Between bell hooks and Cornel West
A public dialogue between bell hooks & Cornel West hosted by Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts (http://www.newschool.edu/lang). Cornel ...
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American Conversations: Cornel West and Robert P. George
Professors Robert P. George and Cornel West visited GVSU for the Hauenstein Center's final American Conversations keynote of the 2014-2015 season.
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HARDtalk Cornel West Writer and Academic
Around the world the election of Barak Obama to the White House was seen as a watershed moment for race relations in America. The first black man to be ...
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Dr. Cornel West & James H. Cone in Conversation-Black Prophetic Fire
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Cornel West: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Cornel West, Ph.D.; Professor, Union Theological Seminary; Author, Black Prophetic Fire In conversation with Van Jones, President and Founder, Dream Corps ...
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The Cost of Freedom: How Disagreement Makes Us Civil (Robert George, Cornel West, Rick Warren)
Getting along through disagreement is never easy. Preserving the freedom to think and learn and grow comes with a cost. But what if the disagreement itself is ...
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Cornel West: Ferguson signifies end of age of Obama
Professor Cornel West appeared on CNN International this afternoon to give his take on Ferguson, and said right at the outset, “Ferguson signifies the end of the ...
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Carl Dix and Cornel West: Ending Police Murder of Innocents
Carl Dix and Cornel West join the call for nationwide shutdown April 14, 2015 to stop murder by police. Event April 6, 2015 in NYC. video by Joe Friendly.
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University of Washington Bothell Presents Cornel West, Ph.D.
On Friday, March 7 2014, the University of Washington Bothell community was honored to host provocateur and best-selling author Dr. Cornel West. During his ...
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Dr. Cornel West at BAM: Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Cornel West's full speech from the Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2015 BAM Howard Gilman Opera House Jan 19, 2015 Presented by BAM, ...
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Examined Life - Cornel West
Cornel West excerpts from Examined Life, a 2008 documentary film directed by Astra Taylor. The film features eight influential contemporary philosophers ...
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Dr. Cornel West on Racism, Inequality, & American Empire
Abby Martin talks to activist, author and Princeton professor, Dr. Cornel West, about class warfare, race issues, corporate greed, and the American empire.
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Why Thomas Paines Common Sense Is Important: Chris Hedges & Cornel West (2014)
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The Life and Career of Cornel West: Biography, Books, Interview (2002)
Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic ...
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