The Identity of Liberation in Latin American Thought

The Identity of Liberation in Latin American Thought : Latin American Historicism and the Phenomenology of Leopoldo Zea

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Through a close examination of philosopher Leopoldo Zea's historicist phenomenology, Mario Saenz offers fresh insights into the role of Mexican intellectuals in the creation of a Latin American "philosophy of liberation." While this philosophy of liberation has been widely recognized as the most intellectual political ideology to emerge from Latin America this century, few scholars have specifically explored the Mexican roots of this movement. Saenz redresses this imbalance by placing Zea and his contemporary intellectuals firmly within the context of post-revolutionary Mexico-a political and social landscape that fostered criticisms of colonial and neo-colonial structures of dependence. Saenz demonstrates how Zea's philosophy was informed by a sense of Mexico's distinctive social and cultural more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 158 x 235 x 25mm | 671g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073910019X
  • 9780739100196

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Saenz examines some important philosophical issues that have been fundamental to Latin American thinkers since their countries obtained political independence in the early nineteenth century. CHOICE This book offers us the framework through which we can legitimately raise the question of the identity of Latin America within the United States... Saenz's book should spur Anglophone readers to take a serious view of Latin American intellectual history. Encounter: Education For Meaning & Social Justice Issues that Anglo-American philosophy is just beginning to address... have been addressed by many Latin American philosophers for several generations. Saenz's analysis and evaluation of the Latin American traditions of thought on these topics will be an invaluable service for Anglophone philosophers, and will provide a new model for reading philosophy within a fully articulated historical sense. -- Linda Martin Alcoff, Hunter Collegeshow more

About Mario Saenz

Mario Saenz is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Integral Honors Program at Le Moyne more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 The Meaning of Identity: A Brief Excursion Toward Its DIfference in the History of Philosophy of History Chapter 3 Leopoldo Zea and the Latin American Philosophy of History Chapter 4 Zea's Historicism and the Romantic and Positivist Negations of the "Past" Chapter 5 Zea's Conception of the Assumptive Project and Libaration Chapter 6 Mestizaje from Above or Mestizaje from Belowshow more