Looking for Inspiration: (re)reading Cornel West’s essay “Race and Architecture”

Race & Architecture

Cornel West Reader (cover)

Cornel West, The Cornel West Reader (New York: Basic Books, 1999)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction: To Be Human, Modern and American

I: Autobiographical Interlude

  • The Making of an American Radical Democrat of African Descent
  • On My Intellectual Vocation
  • Sing a Song

II: Modernity and its Discontents

  • The Ignoble Paradox of Modernity
  • Race and Modernity
  • Black Strivings in a Twilight Civilization
  • The New Cultural Politics of Difference

III: American Pragmatism

  • Why Pragmatism?
  • On Prophetic Pragmatism
  • Pragmatism and the Sense of the Tragic
  • The Limits of Neopragmatism
  • Nietzsche’s Prefiguration of Postmodern American Philosophy

IV: Progressive Marxist Theory

  • The Indispensability Yet Insufficiency of Marxist Theory
  • Frederic Jameson’s American Marxism
  • Race and Social Theory

V: Radical Democratic Politics

  • The Role of Law in Progressive Politics
  • The Political Intellectual
  • A World of Ideas
  • The Dilemma of the Black Intellectual
  • American Progressivism Reoriented
  • Parents and National Survival
  • On the 1980s
  • Michael Harrington, Democratic Socialist


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