Contemporary Pragmatism 4 (1):47-71 (2007)

Jason Springs
University of Notre Dame
This article examines the role of social theory in Cornel West's account of radical democracy. I explicate and extend the critical implications of Richard Rorty's views for the revolutionary impulses in West's project, and then I examine West's use of Sheldon Wolin's notion of "fugitive democracy" as a potential instance of the "theoretical resentment" against which Rorty cautions. Drawing from John Howard Yoder and Karl Barth, I conclude by demonstrating how West's account of the Black Church contains resources to chasten the detrimental excesses in Wolin's account, while maintaining a robust sense of radical democracy
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The Priority of Democracy to Philosophy.Richard Rorty - 2011 - In Robert B. Talisse & Scott F. Aikin (eds.), The Pragmatism Reader: From Peirce Through the Present. Princeton University Press. pp. 381-402.
Fugitive Democracy.Sheldon S. Wolin - 1994 - Constellations 1 (1):11-25.

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