In this conversation with RevDem editor Ferenc Laczó, Melvin Rogers – author of the new book The Darkened Light of Faith. Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Political Thought – introduces the thinkers he has studied and explains why he chose to engage with their ideas; discusses the normative vision of African American thinkers and what makes that vision distinctive; clarifies his own approach and analytical vocabulary; reflects on his inspirations and the connections between his recent books; and suggests critical responsiveness as an essential element of democracy.
Melvin Rogers is Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Brown University.
The Darkened Light of Faith. Race, Democracy, and Freedom in African American Political Thought is published by Princeton University Press.
In collaboration with Lucie Hunter