Ethics in a World of Bad Faith

Terrence L. Johnson

in Tragic Soul-Life

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780195383980
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199897469 | DOI:

Series: Imagining the Americas

Ethics in a World of Bad Faith

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Chapter Six places Du Bois’s revised Talented Tenth as an extension of tragic soul-life. In this context, the Talented Tenth is a pragmatic model of how to exercise soul-beauty—the moral practices of individual sacrifice and collective struggle—in ordinary life.

Keywords: Talented Tenth; racial uplift; black bourgeoisie; soul-beauty; liberal arts; Negro college; moral imagination; ethics

Chapter.  9736 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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