CORNEL WEST PROPHETIC PRAGMATISM PDF

Add to GoodReads. Introducing Prophetic Pragmatism. Prophetic pragmatism is a gritty philosophical framework that undergirds the intellectual and political work done by those who seek to overcome despair, dogmatism, and oppression. Cognizant of the ways in which political forces affect thought, while also requiring political action to not be so sure of itself that it simply replaces one oppressive structure with another, prophetic pragmatism requires a critical temper through the mode of Socratic questioning. Introducing Prophetic Pragmatism argues that hope lies between critical temper and democratic faith.

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Add to GoodReads. Introducing Prophetic Pragmatism. Prophetic pragmatism is a gritty philosophical framework that undergirds the intellectual and political work done by those who seek to overcome despair, dogmatism, and oppression.

Cognizant of the ways in which political forces affect thought, while also requiring political action to not be so sure of itself that it simply replaces one oppressive structure with another, prophetic pragmatism requires a critical temper through the mode of Socratic questioning. Introducing Prophetic Pragmatism argues that hope lies between critical temper and democratic faith. Socratic questioning, prophetic witness, and tragicomic hope open a space for democratic energies to flourish against the forces of nihilism and poverty.

Critical temper keeps democratic faith from becoming too idealistic and Pollyannaish, and democratic faith keeps critical temper from being pessimistic about the ability to change current realities. These twin pillars provide the best and most helpful framework for understanding the nature and purpose of prophetic pragmatism. Through their dialogue, Jacob L. Lexington Books. Jacob L. Goodson is associate professor of philosophy at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.

The power of Introducing Prophetic Pragmatism lies in its co-authorship. In scholarly friendship, Goodson and Stone debate, explore, respond, and sometimes agree to disagree about the meaning and relevant contexts of Cornel West's groundbreaking work. The result is a fresh approach to understanding prophetic pragmatism. What hope? For Goodson and Stone, the answer is Prophetic Pragmatism: practices of prudential reasoning that display their powers of discernment and repair in times of darkness, when conventional reasonings lose their efficacy.

But how, then, to introduce this pragmatism within the conventions of a book? Attentive readers become participants in the dialogue — no mere observers. When they do, there is even more to hope for. Table of Contents.

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Johnson argues that the philosophy of Cornel West, prophetic pragmatism, has an ethical basis of secular humanism. In doing so, they tended to portray blacks as homogenous and racism as having a ubiquitous deleterious effect. These intellectuals, according to West, did what the white male power elite did - universalize their own experiences and definitions of a positive image. They thereby too often treated black folk-culture as primitive or the black poor as lacking virtues while promoting images of the middle class as salutary. 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. But the converse is not true.

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