The Role of History in Latin American Philosophy

Contemporary Perspectives

Edited by Arleen Salles & Elizabeth Millán

Subjects: Philosophy, Latin American Studies, History Of Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture
Paperback : 9780791464281, 244 pages, June 2006
Hardcover : 9780791464274, 244 pages, July 2005

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Table of contents

Introduction Arleen Salles and Elizabeth Millán-Zaibert
Part I Successful and Unsuccessful Models for Establishing a History of Latin American Philosophy

The History of Philosophy and Latin American Philosophy
Jorge J. E. Gracia
Explanatory and “Argumentative” History of Philosophy
Carlos Pereda
History and Philosophy in the Latin American Setting: Some Disturbing Comments
Eduardo Rabossi
Breaking with the Past: Philosophy and Its History in Latin America
Oscar R. Martí


Part II: Writing the History of Latin American Philosophy in and Despite the Shadows of Its Colonial Legacy


The Study of Philosophy’s History in Mexico as a Foundation for Doing Mexican Philosophy
Mauricio Beuchot
Philosophical Genealogies and Feminism in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
María Luisa Femenías
A Philosophical Debate Concerning Traditional Ethnic Groups in Latin America and the History of Philosophy
León Olivé
How and Why to Foster the History of Philosophy in Postcolonial Contexts Horacio



Argues that there are original positions to be found in the work of Latin American philosophers.


This book brings the history of Latin American philosophy to an English-speaking audience through the prominent voices of Mauricio Beuchot, Horacio Cerutti-Guldberg, María Luisa Femenías, Jorge J. E. Gracia, Oscar R. Martí, León Olivé, Carlos Pereda, and Eduardo Rabossi. They argue that Spanish is not a philosophically irrelevant language and that there are original positions to be found in the work of Latin American philosophers.

Part I of the book looks at why the history of philosophy has not developed in Latin America. A range of theoretical issues are explored, each focusing on specific problems that have hindered the development of a solid history. Part II details the complex task of writing a history of philosophy for a region still haunted by the specter of colonialism.

Arleen Salles is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Music, and Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. Elizabeth Millán-Zaibert is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and the coeditor (with Jorge J. E. Gracia) of Latin American Philosophy for the 21st Century: The Human Condition, Values, and the Search for Identity.