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The politics and theology of prophetic pragmatism: A contribution to the critique of radical political philosophy. Mark David Wood , Syracuse University. This dissertation makes a contribution to the critique of radical political philosophy and theology by analyzing the theory and practice articulated and advanced by Cornel West. This analysis examines and evaluates the theological and political significance of the discourse of prophetic pragmatism, the practice of prophetic pragmatists, and Cornel West as a prominent and powerful representative of a new class strata of cultural workers laboring within the first world academy. This critique interprets prophetic pragmatism, prophetic pragmatists, and these new cultural workers as symptomatic of and as contributing to the ongoing reformation of the academy, a reformation which is theorized in this dissertation as part of the larger project of reforming cultural institutions and discourses in a manner which supports the existence and continuous expansion of an essentially transnational mode of capital accumulation.

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The politics and theology of prophetic pragmatism: A contribution to the critique of radical political philosophy. Mark David Wood , Syracuse University. This dissertation makes a contribution to the critique of radical political philosophy and theology by analyzing the theory and practice articulated and advanced by Cornel West.

This analysis examines and evaluates the theological and political significance of the discourse of prophetic pragmatism, the practice of prophetic pragmatists, and Cornel West as a prominent and powerful representative of a new class strata of cultural workers laboring within the first world academy. This critique interprets prophetic pragmatism, prophetic pragmatists, and these new cultural workers as symptomatic of and as contributing to the ongoing reformation of the academy, a reformation which is theorized in this dissertation as part of the larger project of reforming cultural institutions and discourses in a manner which supports the existence and continuous expansion of an essentially transnational mode of capital accumulation.

Chapter One situates prophetic pragmatism, prophetic pragmatists, and Cornel West in relationship to the structural development of the capital-labor relation from the New Deal to the present, and in relationship to the development of the post-segregationist, post-colonial, multicultural academy.

Chapter Two assesses the practical consequences of West's theoretical eclecticism through an examination of his amalgamation of Christian and Marxist concepts and his Foucauldian-based genealogy of modern racism, and concludes with an historical materialist explanation of contemporary racism. Chapter Three explicates the internal contradictions of West's anti-realism and anti-foundationalism, and initiates a critique of his cultural materialist theory of society and social transformation.

Chapter Four evaluates the interests represented by West's recent theoretical discourses and his interpretation of the April Los Angeles riots. Chapter Five summarizes the social significance of prophetic pragmatism, prophetic pragmatists and new class strata of cultural workers, critiques the politics of identity and multiculturalism, and concludes by making several proposals regarding what may and must be done to support the collective global struggle for human emancipation.

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Keywords prophetic pragmatism, radical political philosophy. Abstract This dissertation makes a contribution to the critique of radical political philosophy and theology by analyzing the theory and practice articulated and advanced by Cornel West. Access Surface provides description only. Recommended Citation Wood, Mark David, "The politics and theology of prophetic pragmatism: A contribution to the critique of radical political philosophy" Link to Full Text.

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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. Unique individual humans are that if and only if they are human.

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