” Christopher Phillips is the greatest living embodiment of the Socratic spirit in our catastrophic times.” So says Democracy Cafe advisory board member, the beloved, luminary public intellectual and nonpareil scholar and activist Dr. Cornel West in the opening sentence of a stirring 12-page handwritten foreword he wrote to support Christopher and his newest book.

Dr. West has been an unswerving supporter of Democracy Cafe / Socrates Cafe, indeed of all of Christopher’s out outreach endeavors, and an admirer of Christopher’s written works, for nearly a decade, ever since they first met at Penn, where Christopher at the time was Senior Writing and Research Fellow (Dr. West, at Phillips’ invitation, spent an entire breaking bread with Christopher’s students and the greater campus and Philadelphia community, over the course of several unforgettable events.)