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Cornel West & philosophy : the quest for social justice
Johnson, Clarence Sholé.
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New York : Routledge, 2003.
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xii, 226 pages ; 24 cm.
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First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Clarence Sholé Johnson is Professor of Philosophy at Middle Tennessee State University. He specializes in early modern philosophy, ethics and Africana and African American philosophy.

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Johnson (Middle Tennessee State Univ.) provides an insightful study of Cornel West's writings on pragmatism, Marxism, racism, religion, black-Jewish conflict, affirmative action, and praxis. In the six chapters devoted to these subjects, he is especially adept at contextualizing the issues West has addressed through different phases of his career, situating West's pragmatic, humanistic-theological orientation among various policy debates including the underclass question and affirmative action. On many of these controversial issues, he defends West's views against his detractors and offers his own criticisms to shed light on the shortcomings of certain positions taken by West. For example, he characterizes West as a reductionist who translates oppression into economic domination and decision-making by capitalists, and objects that there is no one meaning to the term oppression, given that discrimination on the basis of gender and sexuality does not fit a class analysis. On issues such as affirmative action, he claims that West holds a "crypto-Marxian" view, but confuses this criticism by proposing to replace it with a liberal capitalist Marxist view. This book will be a good companion text for introductory courses that use West's writings. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; lower-level undergraduates through faculty. T. L. Lott San Jose State University