Cornel West Biography

Cornel West is a renowned American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual.

Richard Rorty’s neopragmatism affected West heavily at Princeton, and the two remained close friends and collaborators for several years after West’s graduation. Ethics, Historicism, and the Marxist Tradition was the title of West’s dissertation, which was eventually updated and published under the title The Ethical Aspects of Marxist Thought.

How old is Cornel West? – Age

He was born as Cornel Ronald West on 2 June 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. He is 69 years as of 2022.

Where did Cornel West go to school? – Education

John F. Kennedy High School was where he graduated high school. After graduating from high school in 1970, he enrolled at Harvard College and studied under philosophers Robert Nozick and Stanley Cavell. West graduated from Harvard magna cum laude with a degree in Near Eastern languages and culture in 1973. After finishing his undergraduate studies at Harvard, West enrolled at Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1980, making him the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton.

Cornel West – Family

He was born to Irene Rayshell, a former EGUSD teacher and principal, and Clifton Louis West Jr., a former Department of Defense general contractor. Clifton West is his younger brother. He is the grandson of Clifton L. West Sr., the former pastor of the Tulsa Metropolitan Baptist Church. Cornel’s mother, Irene B. West, has a school named after her in Elk Grove, California.

Cornel West Wives

He is a four-time married man. West married his first wife, Hilda Holloman, in 1977, and his second wife, Ramona Santiago, in 1981. From 1981 through 1986, the couple was married. Cornel married Elleni Gebre Amlak, his third wife, in 1992, and began his life with Leslie Kotkin, his fourth wife, in 2016, until they divorced in 2018.

Cornel West's photo
Cornel West’s photo

Cornel’s Children

Dilan Zeytun West and Clifton West are West’s two children.

Cornel’s Height

He is 1.8 meters tall.

Cornel West House

His home is in the United States of America, in Princeton, New Jersey (NJ). Due to privacy concerns, no images of his residence are available.

What is Cornel’s Salary?

He is paid a predicted salary of $32,000 per month.

Cornel’s Net Worth

His net worth is estimated to be $1 million.

Cornel West Career

Cornel West Barack Obama

West has also talked about how a lack of black leadership makes black communities doubt their political potential to effect change. Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, was openly endorsed by Cornel West in 2008. In an April 2011 interview, West stated that Obama is a black mascot for Wall Street oligarchs and a black muppet for corporate plutocrats, reversing his previous support for the president. And now he is part of the American killing machine, and he is proud of it. In a November 2012 interview, West said he thought of Obama as a Rockefeller Republican dressed in blackface.
West went on a ‘Poverty Tour’ in 2011 with Tavis Smiley, his co-host on the Public Radio International show Smiley & West. The tour’s stated goal was to draw attention to the situation of the poor in the United States ahead of the 2012 presidential election, which candidates West and Smiley claimed had ignored the poor’s predicament. West responded to Obama’s speech as contradictory and as lovely words that hide horrible acts during the 50th-anniversary celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech in 2013.

Cornel West Films

  • No Safe Spaces (2019) as himself.
  • Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016) as himself
  • #Bars4Justice (2015) as himself
  • The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009) as Don Sexton
  • Examined Life (2008)
  • Street Fight (2005)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003) as Councilor West
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003) as Councilor West
  • Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal as himself

Cornel West Books

  • 2014 Black Prophetic Fire
  • 2012 Pro+Agonist: The Art of Opposition
  • 2012 The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto
  • 2009 Brother West: Living & Loving Out Loud
  • 2008 Hope on a Tightrope: Words & Wisdom
  • 2004 Commentary on The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions; see The Ultimate Matrix Collection
  • 2004 Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism
  • 2000 The African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Century
  • 1998 The Future of American Progressivism
  • 1998 The War Against Parents: What We Can Do for America’s Beleaguered Moms and Dads
  • 1997 Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America
  • 1997 The Future of the Race
  • 1995 Jews and Blacks: A Dialogue on Race, Religion, and Culture in America
  • 1994 Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America
  • 1993 Race Matters
  • 1993 Prophetic Thought in Postmodern Times: Beyond Eurocentrism and Multiculturalism
  • 1991 The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought
  • 1991 Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life
  • 1989 The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism
  • 1988 Post-Analytic Philosophy, edited with John Rajchman
  • 1982 Prophesy Deliverance! An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity
  • 1979 Black Theology and Marxist Thought

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