Rodo, Morality and Race
2011 (English)In: Forging People: Race, Ethnicity and Nationality in Spanish-American Philosophy / [ed] Jorge Gracia, University of Notre Dame Press, 2011, 181-202 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
What constitutes an authentic Latin American identity, particularly in the face of European and North American values and their overpowering influence? How should such an identity be understood? These are topics that seem inescapable in any history of ideas in Latin America, and continue to be hotly debated. They were also discussed during the period of state formation, the early 1900s, when several intellectuals felt the need to reaffirm a distinctive collective identity and were instrumental in fueling the valorization of a Latin American consciousness. José Enrique Rodó is taken to be one of the key figures in the movement. Rodó rallied against the pervasive moral and political power of the United States by doing two things: first, he tried to invert common beliefs about the inferiority of the Latin American “race.” Second, he argued for the existence of a united Latin American community with an unquestionable mission: the moral revitalization of humanity. In this chapter I examine Rodo's view and critically examine its assumptions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Notre Dame Press, 2011. 181-202 p.
Research subject Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317276ISBN: 978-0-268-02982-1 (print)ISBN: 0-268-02982-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-317276DiVA: diva2:1080922