Prophetic Pragmatism and the Practices of Freedom: On Cornel West's Foucauldian Methodology

  • Brad Elliott Stone Loyola Marymount University


This essay explores the Foucauldian influence on Cornel West’s prophetic pragmatism. Although West argues that Foucauldian methods are insufficient to deliver a philosophy of liberation, I argue that there is nothing in Foucault that would prohibit West from such a goal, even though a philosophy of liberation was not one of Foucault’s goals. Fortunately, one can understand West’s own project of liberation in terms of “practices of freedom,” allowing one to describe West’s philosophical project in strict Foucauldian terms.

Author Biography

Brad Elliott Stone, Loyola Marymount University
Special Issue on Foucault and Pragmatism