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Latin American and Latinx Philosophy
A Collaborative Introduction

ISBN 9781138295865
Published August 26, 2019 by Routledge
290 Pages

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Book Description

Latin American and Latinx Philosophy: A Collaborative Introduction is a beginner’s guide to canonical texts in Latin American and Latinx philosophy, providing the non-specialist with necessary historical and philosophical context, and demonstrating their contemporary relevance. It is written in jargon-free prose for students and professors who are interested in the subject, but who don’t know where to begin. Each of the twelve chapters, written by a leading scholar in the field, examines influential texts that are readily available in English and introduces the reader to a period, topic, movement, or school that taken together provide a broad overview of the history, nature, scope, and value of Latin American and Latinx philosophy. Although this volume is primarily intended for the reader without a background in the Latin American and Latinx tradition, specialists will also benefit from its many novelties, including an introduction to Aztec ethics; a critique of “the Latino threat” narrative; the legacy of Latin American philosophy in the Chicano movement; an overview of Mexican existentialism, Liberation philosophy, and Latin American and Latinx feminisms; a philosophical critique of indigenism; a study of Latinx contributions to the philosophy of immigration; and an examination of the intersection of race and gender in Latinx identity.

Table of Contents



Robert Eli Sanchez, Jr.

Chapter 1: Philosophy without Europe

James Maffie

Chapter 2: "The Indian Problem": Conquest and the Valladolid Debate

Alejandro Santana

Chapter 3: The Continental Struggle for Democracy: The American Wars of Independence as Experiments in Justice

Jose-Antonio Orosco

Chapter 4: Nation-Building through Education: Positivism and its Transformations in Mexico

Alexander V. Stehn

Chapter 5: The Philosophy of Mexican Culture

Robert Eli Sanchez, Jr.

Chapter 6: Mexican Existentialism

Carlos Alberto Sánchez

Chapter 7: Liberation Philosophy

Grant Silva

Chapter 8: Latin American and Latinx Feminisms

Stephanie Rivera Berruz

Chapter 9: Indigenism in Peru and Bolivia

Kim Díaz

Chapter 10: Latinx Philosophy and the Ethics of Migration

José Jorge Mendoza

Chapter 11: Latinx Identity

Andrea Pitts

Chapter 12: Metaphilosophy: Defining Latin American and Latinx Philosophy

Lori Gallegos de Castillo and Francisco Gallegos

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Robert Eli Sanchez, Jr. is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles. He specializes in Mexican/Latin American/Latinx philosophy and is co-editor of Mexican Philosophy in the 20th Century: Essential Readings (Oxford University Press, 2017).


"A great new resource for present and future teachers and students about an exciting and important emerging field in philosophy." — Gregory Fernando Pappas, Editor-in-Chief of the Inter-American Journal of Philosophy (IJP), Texas A&M University, USA

"Latin American and Latinx Philosophy fills a huge hole in our existing English language resources. The detail of the essays, the expansive coverage of topics, the superb philosophical analysis and the excellent introductory overviews will make this volume vital for everyone with an interest in this area. Bravo!" Linda Martín Alcoff, Hunter College, USA

"This is an appealing place for the interested reader to get started with some of the rich and fascinating episodes in the history of philosophy in Latin America, as well as some of the exciting recent work on Latinx philosophy in the U.S. The contributions map out an impressive cross-section of philosophical questions, historical periods, geographical regions, and methodological approaches. Throughout, the volume engages in an insightful discussion of the role of history, politics, and identity in the formation of philosophical traditions. It also advances the metaphilosophical debate concerning the self-conception of this emerging field." — Clinton Tolley and Manuel Vargas, The Mexican Philosophy Lab at UC San Diego, USA