Black Thought and the Transformation of US Public Philosophy
This introductory chapter first discusses the declining interest and support for liberalism since the 1960s, and the emergence of a well-funded political movement of radical conservatism aimed at disseminating its own version of public philosophy. It argues that black American thinkers and activists can point a way forward by offering new insights into the theory and practice of democracy. The chapter then turns to the present crisis of public philosophy, identifying four challenges to democracy. These are the anger in American politics; loss of community felt by many Americans as they find themselves living in an increasingly multicultural polity; globalization; and reimagining the place of faith in democratic politics.
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