Dr. Cornel West is a Princeton professor, provocative world-renowned scholar and a best-selling author, best known for his classic Race Matters. In addition to his dogged activism for the poor, the esteemed philosopher and public intellectual is Tavis’ co-host on PRI’s highly acclaimed progressive radio program Smiley & West.

Watch Dr. West’s recent conversation about the multi-city “Poverty Tour” that he and Tavis conducted in the Summer of 2011. And be sure to explore Dr. West’s writings as a primer for his upcoming role as a “Remaking America” panelist.

Explore Dr. West’s work

1) The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism (1989)
FROM UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PRESS: “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.”

2) The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought (1991)
FROM MONTHLY REVIEW PRESS: “In this fresh, original analysis of Marxist thought, Cornel West makes a significant contribution to today’s debate about the relevance of Marxism by putting the issue of ethics squarely on the Marxist agenda.”

3) Race Matters (1993)
FROM BEACON PRESS: “First published in 1993 on the one-year anniversary of the L.A. riots, Race Matters was a national bestseller, and it has since become a groundbreaking classic on race in America.”

4) Prophesy Deliverance! An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity (2002)
FROM WESTMINSTER JOHN KNOX PRESS: “In this, his premiere work, Cornel West … challenges African Americans to consider the incorporation of Marxism into their theological perspectives, thereby adopting the mindset that it is class more so than race that renders one powerless in America.

5) Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (2005)
FROM PENGUIN: “West returns to the analysis of the arrested development of democracy – both in America and in the crisis-ridden Middle East. In a strikingly original diagnosis, he argues that if America is to become a better steward of democratization around the world, we must first wake up to the long history of imperialist corruption that has plagued our own democracy.”

6) Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom (2010)
FROM HAY HOUSE: “The New York Times best-selling author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters offers open-hearted wisdom for our times in this courageous collection of quotations, speech excerpts, letters, philosophy, and photographs that reflect the profound humanity that fuels the passionate public intellectual.”

7) Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud (2010)
FROM SMILEY BOOKS: “This poignant memoir traces West’s transformation from a schoolyard Robin Hood into a progressive cultural icon.”

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