The Concept of Other in Latin American Liberation

The Concept of Other in Latin American Liberation : Fusing Emancipatory Philosophic Thought and Social Revolt

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In this exciting new study, Eugene Gogol interweaves three strands that form the intellectual bedrock for the concept of the Other in the Latin American context: Hegel's dialectic of negativity, Marx's humanism, and autochthonal emancipatory thought. From this foundation, the book explores the relation of liberatory philosophic thought to today's social and class movements. Gogol considers the logic of capitalism on Latin American soil, the ecological crisis in Latin America, and the concept and practice of self-liberation. Still one of the most contested terrains of Latin American thought, the Other has been of central concern for many luminary thinkers including Leopoldo Zea, Octavio Paz, and JosZ Carlos MariOtegui. While these writers may not garner much publicity in the world press, the highly public and ongoing struggles of the Zapatistas and Brazil's Landless Workers Movement demonstrate the continuing need to theorize the volatile nature of Latin American social reality.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 395 pages
  • 149.86 x 381 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739103318
  • 9780739103319
  • 2,220,360

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This will be an important work for people interested in contemporary Latin American thought and new social movements, as well as to philosophers seeking to relate their reflections to social reality, in general. It is certainly a welcome contribution to a scandalously neglected area: Latin American philosophical production. -- Eduardo Mendieta, Pennsylvania State University Gogol's work is a welcome reexamination of the relevance of Hegel and Marx for liberation, and it is a trenchant analysis of Latin American revolutionary thought as a necessary moment for human emancipation in a Hegelian-Marxist dialectic. The Concept of Other in Latin American Liberation is an important contribution for an understanding of Latin American philosophy. -- Mario Saenz, Le Moyne College This is a masterful study that interweaves Hegel's dialectic of negativity, Marx's humanism, and subjectivity in a strand of Latin American revolutionary thought together with case studies of social movements to create a Latin American philosophy of liberation... It is an ambitious project in which Gogol is eager to engage intellectual trends of both the academic and organic kinds in order to chart a path toward liberation. -- Marc Becker, Truman State University H-Latam A useful and intelligent study of the dialogue between Marxism and revolutionary practice in Latin America today. -- James Petras, SUNY-Binghamton
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About Eugene Gogol

Eugene Gogol received his Ph.D. from UCLA. He is currently teaching in Oregon.
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Table of contents

Part 1 The Philosophic Foundation of the Other Chapter 2 A Liberating, Negating Power of Other in the Hegelian Dialectic Chapter 3 Latin American Philosophic Thought: Philosophies of Identity, History, and Liberation in Relation to the Hegelian Dialectic Chapter 4 The Inseparability of Marx's Hegelianism and Humanism Chapter 5 Jose Carlos Mariategui: Striving to Recreate Marxism for Peru's Latin American Tierra Chapter 6 Theology of Liberation's Incomplete Thought Drive into Marx's Humanism Part 7 The Imprisonment of the Other: The Logic of Capitalism on Latin American Soil Chapter 8 Economic Realities: Latin America's Veins Are Still Open - Capitalism's Present Day Behemoth of Neoliberalism Chapter 9 Theoretic Foundations - Marx's "Economics" as Humanism and Philosophy Chapter 10 Latin American Economic Theories Chapter 11 The Theory of State-Capitalism and Latin America Chapter 12 Notes on Nature in Latin America in Relation to a Concept of Nature in Marx Part 13 Self-Liberation of the Other: Revolutionary Subjectivity in Latin America Chapter 14 Comprehending the Zapatistas: Uniting the Force of Ideas with the Force of Arms Chapter 15 Indigenous Struggles: Dimensions of Ethnicity, Class, and Gender; the Relation of Culture and Resistance Chapter 16 The Coalescence of Class Struggles and Social Movements: Voices from the Other Mexico Chapter 17 Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo: Raising a Banner of Freedom in Argentina Chapter 18 Learning to Participate: The Experience of the MST (Landless Worker Movement) in Brazil Chapter 19 Opening a Dialogue: Latin America's Revolutionary Subjectivity and the Thought of Marx Part 20 The Revolutionary Other: In Organization, In Philosophy Chapter 21 Organization and Philosophy: Two Kinds of Subjectivity; Two Kinds of Organization
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