[Prophesy Deliverance Book Review: Cornel West and Charles Long] (audio)

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Book review, Prophesy Deliverance. Cornell West and Charles Long, reviewers

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In this audio recording, Cornel West presents the central aim and theological underpinnings of his book “Prophesy Deliverance.” During his presentation, he discusses the serious need for social theory in Black theology. After his presentation, Charles Long gives a critical response. In his response he discusses the imperialistic structure behind western epistemology. A question and answer period follows Long’s response.

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00:00:03 An unidentified man calls the session to order and introduces Charles Long.

00:01:10 Charles Long introduces the book by Cornel West.

00:2:10 Cornel West introduces his book “Prophesy Deliverance,” and its central aim and philosophical underpinnings. He discusses the African American in the modern world and DuBois’s double consciousness.

00:09:28 West talks about going back as to look at why it is not until 1685 that the notion of race as a way of dividing humanity comes into existence.

00:11:01 He talks about one of the major limitations of Black theology, claiming the inability to take seriously the need for a social theory that attempts to account for the various forms of oppression in the Afro-American experience not only in terms of race, but economic exploitation of Black working class.

00:13:18 Talks about the lack of the tragic element in prophetic religious thought.

00:16:07 Charles Long responds to Cornel West’s presentation. He talks about the general context of Cornel West’s book. He states Cornel’s book is a radical critique.

00:21:38 Talks about how Black thinkers need to know thought in order to get in the game.

00:23:59 Talks about imperialistic structure behind epistemology.

00:31:58 Questions and answers.

00:48:54 Audio ends.


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