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West’s Prophetic Pragmatism

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Photography by Stephen Charles (click for photographers Flickr page).

Over at my other blog The Excerpt Mill I quote a passage from Mark David Woods’ book on Cornel West’s philosophy and theology:

Prophetic pragmatism, one of the most fully elaborated and progressive expressions of post-Marxist politics in the present era, appeals to academicians, politicians, and business leaders precisely because it poses no serious threat to the class of individuals who control and appropriate the lion’s hare of the Earth’s resources and humanity’s collectively generated wealth.

[I]t seeks to implement a reform agenda that attempts to address the needs of both rulers and ruled by establishing cross-class alliances on the grounds of shared moral, parental, or national identity…and…it seeks to solve human problems without challenging the moral legitimacy and social consequences of privatized control of production and planning of social development.

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