To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr., edited with Brandon M. Terry (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2018).
“King’s theology, philosophy, and nonviolent prophetic engagement are needed now more than any time since his death. In his last speech, Dr. King said that when it comes to the struggle for love and justice, ‘nothing would be more tragic than for us to turn back now.’ We must embrace his challenge in this moment and commit to go forward together, not one step back.”—Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
“This is a powerful and invaluable collection of essays on Dr. King. I hope it will inspire an entirely new generation of readers to go back and immerse themselves in Dr. King’s language and thought and hear and heed his prophetic voice.”—Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children’s Defense Fund
“To Shape a New World firmly situates Dr. King in the canon of American political thought. An extraordinary group of scholars grapple with the subtlety and nuance of King’s political philosophy, and they set the stage for a renewed engagement with his broader work. This is a must-read in our time.”—Eddie S. Glaude, Princeton University
“To Shape a New World is a milestone in the study of Martin Luther King, Jr., essentially a sanctified figure in American life, whose actual ideas are rarely interrogated in any depth, either in the public realm or in academic circles. What makes this volume particularly striking is the exceptionally high quality of the essays, which are analytically rigorous, impressively researched, and often profoundly original. They highlight the limits of common narratives about King and the civil rights movement, showing the shifts in his own thinking and the unconventional nature of many of his arguments. This is a path-breaking book.”—Aziz Rana, Cornell University
“A major, groundbreaking contribution to both philosophical and public policy discourse about the ghetto poor. Shelby radically challenges an approach to thinking about black poverty that is deeply embedded in American intellectual and political life. And through his idea of a political ethics of the oppressed, he has more or less invented a new area of philosophical inquiry.”—Robert Gooding-Williams, author of In the Shadow of Du Bois
“In a field of dizzying amounts of data, sensational reporting, controversial policy-making, and strident protest, Dark Ghettos boldly offers deep and ethical thought that illuminates a just path towards eradicating race-, class-, and place-based inequalities.”—Mary Pattillo, Author of Black on the Block
“Tommie Shelby’s Dark Ghettos is, in a word, brilliant! His thoughtful philosophical discourse on issues of race and urban poverty will not only engage and inform his fellow philosophers, but social scientists and educated lay readers as well. As a work of normative political philosophy on black ghettos, this book sets a standard that will be hard to reach.”—William Julius Wilson, author of The Truly Disadvantaged
We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005).
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Bill Lawson, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (2006).
Lawrie Balfour in Symposia on Gender, Race, and Philosophy (2006).
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Vasti Roodt, Ethical Perspectives (2006).
Sharin N. Elkholy, Metapsychology (2006).
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Neil Roberts, Souls (2007).
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Hortense Spillers, boundary 2 (2009).
"Cicero said Socrates turned our attention from the heavens to earth. William James noted that pragmatism took philosophy from the academy to the streets. This path-blazing book begins and ends with the language and realities of the streets--especially the mean streets of the downtrodden yet creative demos in postmodern America. Does not the love of wisdom require that we interrogate in a Socratic way the voices and views that have emerged from the killing fields and gangsterized hoods of the American empire?"
From the Foreword.