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The liberatory thought of Martin Luther King Jr. : critical essays on the philosopher King

Birt, Robert E., 1952- (Added Author).

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  • OCLC: ocn812573297
  • ISBN: 0739165526
  • ISBN: 9780739197806
  • ISBN: 0739197800
  • ISBN: 1283624591
  • ISBN: 9781283624596
  • ISBN: 9780739165522 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0739165542
  • ISBN: 9780739165546
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 372 p.)
  • Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, c2012.

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical (p. 357-364) references and index.
Contents: Is our belief that Martin Luther King Jr. is a black philosopher justified?: Introductory concerns about King and philosophical cartography / John H. McClendon III -- Dr. King's philosophy of religion: theology of somebodiness / George Yancy -- Dr. King as liberation theologian and existential philosopher / James B. Haile III -- The philosopher King: an examination of the influence of dialectics on King's political thought and practice / Stephen C. Ferguson II -- Martin Luther King Jr. as social movement intellectual: trailblazer or torchbearer? / Maurice St. Pierre -- Martin Luther King Jr.'s agape and world house / Richard A. Jones -- King's radical vision of community / Robert E. Birt -- Martin Luther King Jr.: toward a democratic theory / Tim Lake -- King, levinas, and the praxis of peace / Scott Davidson and Maria del Guadalupe Davidson -- Martin Luther King Jr. on Vietnam: King's message applied to the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan / Gail M. Presbey -- Martin Luther King Jr. and Frantz Fanon: reflections on the politics and ethics of violence and nonviolence / Kathryn T. Gines -- A shocking gap made visible: King's pacifist materialism and the method of nonviolent social change / Greg Moses -- Socrates, Thoreau, Gandhi, and the philosopher/activist Dr. King: politics of civil disobedience and the ethics of nonviolent action / Benjamin O. Arah -- Hope and disappointment in Martin Luther King Jr.'s political theology: eclipse of the liberal spirit / Floyd W. Hayes III -- The aporia of hope: King and Bell on the ending of racism / Bill E. Lawson -- The concept of hope in the thinking of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. / Clanton C.W. Dawson Jr.
Summary: The Liberatory philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. is a philosophical anthology which explores Dr. King's legacy as a philosopher and his contemporary relevance as a thinker-activist. It consists of sixteen chapters organized into four sections: Part I, King within Philosophical Traditions, Part II, King as Engaged Social and Political Philosopher, Part III, King's Ethics of Nonviolence, and Part IV, Hope Resurgent or Dream Deferred: Perplexities of King's Philosophical Optimism. Most chapters are written by philosophers, but two are by philosophically informed social scientists. The contributors examine King's relationships to canonical Western philosophical traditions, and to African-American thought. King's contribution to traditional branches of philosophy such as ethics, social philosophy and philosophy of religion is explored, as well as his relevance to contemporary movements for social justice. As is evident from the title, the book considers the importance of King's thought as liberatory discourse. Some chapters focus on "topical" issues like the relevance of King's moral critique of the Vietnam War to our present involvement in Middle Eastern wars. Others focus on more densely theoretical issues such as Personalism, existential philosophy or Hegelian dialectics in King's thought. The significance of King's reflections on racism, economic justice, democracy and the quest for community are abiding themes. But the volume closes, quite fittingly, on the importance of the theme of hope. The text is a kind of philosophical dialogue on the enduring value of the legacy of the philosopher, King.
Subject: King, Martin Luther -- Jr -- 1929-1968 -- Philosophy
Nonviolence -- United States
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 20th century
African Americans -- Civil rights

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