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The Role of History in Latin American Philosophy: Contemporary Perspectives
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
2005 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

During the early history of Latin American philosophy, the contributions from Latin American thinkers were generally viewed to be mere copies of the work done by Spanish and Portuguese philosophers. Hence, there was not much interest in investigating the contributions from the “colonies,” as the general view was that the intellectual tradition, like the political one, was dominated by the colonizers. Nowadays, the lack of general knowledge regarding Latin American philosophy can be attributed to many factors, one of which is a language barrier. Few major philosophical texts from Latin America have been translated into English, and this is in part due to the fact that while English, French, and German are recognized as important philosophical languages, Spanish is relegated to the realm of magical realism or of immigrant fruit pickers. We believe that the contribu- tions included in this volume demonstrate that there are original positions to be found in the work of Latin American philosophers and so that at least some philosophical work from Latin America offers new insights and solutions to problems, hence making it relevant to philosophers from other regions of the world. One goal we have in presenting this collection is to introduce some important, contemporary philosophical voices of the Latin American philosophical tradition. 

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SUNY Press, 2005. , 236 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317278ISBN: 0-7914-6427-X (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-317278DiVA: diva2:1080926
Available from: 2017-03-12 Created: 2017-03-12 Last updated: 2017-03-12

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