THE AMERICAN EVASION OF PHILOSOPHY: A GENE- ALOGY OF PRAGMATISM, by Cornel West. University of Wisconsin Press, 1989. 279 pp. paper.
Cornel West is a smart fellow who has written a difficult but challenging book. It is impossible to read The American Evasion of Philosophy without recognizing his gifts: intelligence, wide reading, and basic—is this word still allowed?—humanism. West is a generous critic who seems at home everywhere. He relentlessly proposes, makes points, judges commentators, evaluates secondary literature, spins theories, and more. If not a Wunderkind, he is a wonder....
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