• Prophecy and Wisdom in the African American Intellectual Imagination

    Author(s):
    Omedi Ochieng (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Black radicalism, Black political theory, Prophecy, Wisdom, Public Intellectuals
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/1e1a-at61
    Abstract:
    African American public intellectual life emerges in the dialectic between at least two major black intellectual traditions—prophetic and wisdom traditions. By situating black public intellectuals within the longue durée of critical contestation, I complicate our understanding of the deeper logics driving harsh exchanges in black public-intellectual spheres. Understanding black public debate in the flow of intellectual history may have the salutary effect of demonstrating the stakes of these debates. This essay also subjects to scrutiny those who are apt to speak of "the black radical tradition" as a monolithic body of thought. It offers a fresh perspective on a now-rote tendency among political theorists to classify black thought into neatly reified ideological blocs—most often, that of nationalists, liberals, radicals, and conservatives. At stake in the essay is an invitation for political theory to revisit the varieties of black radicalism.
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