Cornel West Quotes

These days to be great is to exceed on prosperity; greatness today has nothing to do with moral magnanimity.




Cornel West, Philosopher, Interview with Frank Rich, C-SPAN Radio, January 26, 2008

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Cornel West
Cornel West
  • Born: June 2, 1953
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Educator

Cornel Ronald West is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual. The son of a Baptist minister, West focuses on the role of race, gender, and class in American society and the means by which people act and react to their "radical conditionedness". A radical democrat and democratic socialist, West draws intellectual contributions from multiple traditions, including Christianity, the black church, Marxism, neopragmatism, and transcendentalism. Among his most influential books are Race Matters (1994) and Democracy Matters (2004).