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A Companion to Latin American Philosophy

Susana Nuccetelli (Editor), Ofelia Schutte (Editor), Otavio Bueno (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-7979-9
576 pages
December 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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This comprehensive collection of original essays written by an international group of scholars addresses the central themes in Latin American philosophy.
  • Represents the most comprehensive survey of historical and contemporary Latin American philosophy available today
  • Comprises a specially commissioned collection of essays, many of them written by Latin American authors
  • Examines the history of Latin American philosophy and its current issues, traces the development of the discipline, and offers biographical sketches of key Latin American thinkers
  • Showcases the diversity of approaches, issues, and styles that characterize the field

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Table of Contents.



Part I: Historical Perspectives.

1. Pre-Columbian Philosophies (James Maffie, Colorado State University).

2. The Rights of the American Indians (Bernardo J. Canteñs, Moravian College).

3. Colonial Thought (Luis Fernando Restrepo, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville).

4. The Emergence and Transformation of Positivism (Meri L. Clark, Western New England College).

5. Early Critics of Positivism (Oscar Martí, California State University, Northridge).

6. The Anti-Positivist Movement in Mexico (Guillermo Hurtado, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).

7. Darwinism (Adriana Novoa, University of South Florida and Alex Levine, University of South Florida).

8. Krausism (Claus Dierksmeier, Stonehill College).

9. ‘Normal’ Philosophy (William Cooper, Baylor University).

10. Ortega y Gasset's Heritage in Latin America (Manuel Garrido, Retired).

11. Phenomenology (Nythamar de Oliveira, Pontifical Catholic University).

12. Marxism (Renzo Llorente, Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus).

13. Liberation Philosophy (David Ignatius Gandolfo, Furman University).

14. Analytic Philosophy (Diana I. Pérez, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires and Gustavo Ortiz Millán, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).

Part II: Current Issues.

15. Paraconsistent Logic (Newton da Costa,Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil and Otávio Bueno, University of Miami).

16. Language and Colonization (Ilan Stavans,Amherst College).

17. Ethnic-Group Terms (Susana Nuccetelli, St. Cloud State University and Rod Stewart, Austin College).

18. Identity and Philosophy (Jorge J. E. Gracia,University of Buffalo).

19. Latinos on Race and Ethnicity (Alcoff, Corlett, and Gracia (Lawrence Blum, University of Massachusetts, Boston).

20. Mestizaje and Hispanic Identity (Gregory Velazco y Trianosky, California State University, Northridge).

21. Liberation in Theology, Philosophy, and Pedagogy (Iván Márquez, Bentley University).

22. Philosophy, Postcoloniality, and Postmodernity (Ofelia Schutte, University of South Florida).

23. Globalization and Latin American Thought (A. Pablo Iannone, Central Connecticut State University).

Part III: Disciplinary Developments.

24. Latin American Philosophy (Susana Nuccetelli).

25. Contemporary Ethics and Political Philosophy (Eduardo Rivera-López, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella).

26. Philosophy of Science (Alberto Cordero, City University of New York).

27.PPhilosophy and Latin American Literature (Jesús Aguilar, Rochester Institute of Technology).

28. Feminist Philosophy (Ofelia Schutte, University of South Florida and María Luisa Femenías, Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Argentina).

29. Teaching Philosophy (María Cristina González, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina and Nora Stigol, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina).

30. Cultural Studies (Arturo Arias, University of Texas, Austin).

31. Deontic Logic and Legal Philosophy (Pablo Navarro, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, and Blas Pascal University, Argentina)

32. Metaphysics (Liza Skidelsky, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires and National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina).

33. Epistemology (Eleonora Cresto,National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina).

34. Formal Epistemology and Logic (Horacio Arló-Costa, Carnegie Mellon University and Eduardo Fermé, University of Madeira, Portugal).

Part IV: Biographical Sketches.

35. Some Great Figures (Gregory D. Gilson, University of Texas-Pan American and Gregory Pappas, Texas A & M University).

36. From Philosophy to Physics and Back (Mario Bunge, McGill University, Canada).


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Susana Nuccetelli is Professor of Philosophy at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. Her articles on Latin American philosophy, ethics, epistemology, and philosophy of language have appeared in Analysis, Metaphilosophy, Inquiry, and other journals. She is editor of New Essays on Semantic Externalism and Self-Knowledge (2003), co-editor of Themes from G. E. Moore (2007) and Philosophy of Language: The Central Topics (2008), and single author of Latin American Thought: Philosophical Problems and Arguments (2002).

Ofelia Schutte is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She is the author of Cultural Identity and Social Liberation in Latin American Thought (1993), Beyond Nihilism: Nietzsche without Masks (1984), and numerous articles on feminist theory, Latin American thought, and continental philosophy. A former Fulbright Senior Research Fellow to Mexico, her work has appeared in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Journal of Social Philosophy, Philosophy Today, and The Philosophical Forum, among other journals and edited collections.

Otávio Bueno is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami, Florida. His work in philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of logic has been published in Noûs, Mind, Philosophy of Science, Synthese, Journal of Philosophical Logic, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Erkenntnis, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, and Analysis, among other journals and collections. He is a subject area co-editor in Latin American and Iberian Philosophy for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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"It will no doubt serve as the field's standard for years to come." (Hum Stud, 2011)

"A welcome addition to the growing body of literature on Latin American philosophy. Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers." (Choice, 1 March 2011)

"This outstanding work is a thorough presentation of the main topics of Latin American Philosophy from colonial times to the present. The authors adeptly combine discussions of historical aspects with issues of contemporary importance, and also describe developments in the philosophical disciplines in Latin America. Beyond its usefulness for the study of philosophy, the book has much to offer anyone interested in Latin American history, literature, or political and social ideas."
J.C. Torchia Estrada, Philosophy Contributing Editor, Handbook of Latin American Studies

"The most comprehensive guide to Latin American philosophy to date. It covers an astonishing range of issues from pre-Columbian times to the present in highly informative essays. This is a work destined to last."
Iván Jaksic, Stanford University

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