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The Unfolding of the Moral Order: Rufus Burrow, Jr., Personal Idealism, and the Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Unfolding of the Moral Order: Rufus Burrow, Jr., Personal Idealism, and the Life and Thought... special focus ethical idealism: the contribution of rufus burrow, jr., to personalism The Unfolding of the Moral Order: Rufus Burrow, Jr., Personal Idealism, and the Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. lewis v. baldwin Vanderbilt University much attention h as been devoted in recent years to the personal idealism of Martin Luther King, Jr. Among the major contributors to the scholarship in this area is Rufus Burrow, Jr., who places King firmly in the tradition of personal idealism, or personalism, while also uncovering the intellectual un- ease that made King both a deep and creative thinker and a committed and effective social activist. Clearly, Burrow’s own sense of his role as a personalist informs his approach to the life and thought of King. Although philosophical personalism g fi ures prominently in Burrow’s treatment of King in his writings, ethical and social personalism provides the primary theoretical framework for both Burrow’s exploration of King’s nonviolent activism and his critique of what he rightly calls the civil rights leader’s moral failures. Burrow often refers to himself as a fifth-generation personalist and as an African-American scholar who has adopted personal idealism as his own “fun- damental philosophical stance.” Having been http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

The Unfolding of the Moral Order: Rufus Burrow, Jr., Personal Idealism, and the Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Pluralist , Volume 6 – Mar 18, 2011

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special focus ethical idealism: the contribution of rufus burrow, jr., to personalism The Unfolding of the Moral Order: Rufus Burrow, Jr., Personal Idealism, and the Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. lewis v. baldwin Vanderbilt University much attention h as been devoted in recent years to the personal idealism of Martin Luther King, Jr. Among the major contributors to the scholarship in this area is Rufus Burrow, Jr., who places King firmly in the tradition of personal idealism, or personalism, while also uncovering the intellectual un- ease that made King both a deep and creative thinker and a committed and effective social activist. Clearly, Burrow’s own sense of his role as a personalist informs his approach to the life and thought of King. Although philosophical personalism g fi ures prominently in Burrow’s treatment of King in his writings, ethical and social personalism provides the primary theoretical framework for both Burrow’s exploration of King’s nonviolent activism and his critique of what he rightly calls the civil rights leader’s moral failures. Burrow often refers to himself as a fifth-generation personalist and as an African-American scholar who has adopted personal idealism as his own “fun- damental philosophical stance.” Having been

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The PluralistUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Mar 18, 2011

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