To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Overview

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, assassination, his political thought remains underappreciated. Tommie Shelby and Brandon Terry, along with a cast of distinguished contributors, engage critically with King’s understudied writings on a wide range of compelling, challenging topics and rethink the legacy of this towering figure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674980754
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 02/19/2018
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,163,965
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Tommie Shelby is Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy at Harvard University.

Brandon M. Terry is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and of Social Studies at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Political Philosophy 1

Part I Traditions

1 The Du Bois-Washington Debate and the Idea of Dignity 19

2 Moral Perfectionism 35

3 The Roots of Civil Disobedience in Republicanism and Slavery 58

4 Showdown for Nonviolence: The Theory and Practice of Nonviolent Politics 78

Part II Ideals

5 From Anger to Love: Self-Purification and Political Resistance 105

6 The Prophetic Tension between Race Consciousness and the Ideal of Color-Blindness 127

7 Integration, Freedom, and the Affirmation of Life 146

8 A Vindication of Voting Rights 161

Part III Justice

9 Prisons of the Forgotten: Ghettos and Economic Injustice 187

10 Gender Trouble: Manhood, Inclusion, and Justice 205

11 Living "in the Red": Time, Debt, and Justice 236

12 The Costs of Violence: Militarism, Geopolitics, and Accountability 253

Part IV Conscience

13 The Path of Conscientious Citizenship 269

14 Requiem for a Dream: The Problem-Space of Black Power 290

15 Hope and Despair: Past and Present 325

Afterword: Dignity as a Weapon of Love 339

Notes 351

Acknowledgments 419

Contributors 421

Index 425

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