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Mexican Philosophy

Carlos Sanchez and Amy Oliver in conversation with Amy Reed-Sandoval

This conversation between three scholars of Mexican philosophy will introduce us to a philosophical tradition rooted in and framed by the history, geography, culture, and experience of Mexico and its people. Its Mexican profile lends it a difference that both reflects an unmistakable European inheritance and simultaneously sets it apart from it. As will become clear, however, the phrase “Mexican philosophy” does not just refer to the philosophy produced in Mexico; it also includes philosophical contributions outside of Mexico, produced by non-Mexicans in languages other than Spanish, as they engage with its figures, history, texts, themes, and concepts. Mexican philosophy thus contributes to philosophy understood globally and expands the canon of philosophy by introducing figures previously unknown or ignored. It contributes conceptual and methodological resources that can be brought to bear on issues of contemporary human concern; and, in affirming its Mexicanness, it reaffirms the existence and value of non-traditional, non-Eurocentric, and non-Anglo-American philosophical traditions.

Carlos Sánchez is Professor of Philosophy at San Jose State University. He works primarily on the history of Mexican philosophy, the philosophy of violence, and the philosophy of immigration. He has published a number of articles and books on these issues. He is also founding and managing editor of the Journal of Mexican Philosophy.

Amy Oliver is Associate Professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University. Her teaching and research on Latin America explore philosophical topics such as marginality, feminism, nepantlismo, and transfronterismo. She is currently working on a book called Redressing the Sexual Balance: The Affirmative Feminism of Carlos Vaz Ferreira as well as an English translation and critical edition of Leopoldo Zea’s Conciencia y posibilidad del mexicano, El occidente y la conciencia de México, Dos ensayos sobre México y lo mexicano. Since 1998, she has been a section editor for Latin American thought of various encyclopedias of philosophy published by Routledge.

Amy Reed-Sandoval is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and participating faculty in the Latinx and Latin American Studies program at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.. Her areas of expertise include political philosophy, with a special interest in issues of migration; Latin American and Latinx philosophies; bioethics; and feminist philosophy.

Monday 5th June

11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK

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