Author: Cornel West

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Cornel West (b. 1953) is an African American philosopher and author who is professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and a professor of Religious Philosophy and Christian Studies at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. West grew up in Sacramento, California before attending Harvard University and, later, Princeton University for his Ph.D. Much of his teaching and writing focuses on race, religion, and class in American politics, and his most famous works include Race Matters (1994), The Future of the Race (with Henry Louis Gates Jr., 1996), and Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (2004). 

The Moral Obligations of Living in a Democratic Society

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Few black intellectuals in the United States today command as much attention as prolific author, critic, and activist Cornel West (b. 1953), professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and member of the Democratic Socialists of America. Focusing on race, class, and gender, West is an outspoken critic of contemporary American society in the name of decency and dignity, freedom and democracy.