This study examines several conceptions of community drawn from both mainstream analytic philosophy and from the African-American philosophical tradition. It scrutinizes these in light of the need to provide models that are empirically adequate to African-American experiences of community and ideals capable of guiding African-Americans in the struggle to rebuild communities. Following an examination of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'Beloved Community,' the study analyzes Cornel West's and Lucius Outlaw's ideals for African-American political community.
Dr. Richard A. Jones received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has been Visiting Assistant Professor at both Kansas State University and Howard University.
Foreword by Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr.; 1. Introduction: Philosophies of Community; 2. Beloved Community: Martin Luther King, Jr.; 3. Black Nationalism: African-American Shared Conception of the Good; 4. Multicultural Community: Kymlicka's Liberal Theory of Minority Rights; 5. The Politicization of Beloved Community: Cornel West; 6. Critical Social Theory: Lucius Outlaw; 7. Conclusion: Toward the Postmodern Black Community; Bibliography; Index