A distinctive focus of 19th- and 20th-century Latin American philosophy is the convergence of identity formation and political liberation in ethnically and racially diverse postcolonial contexts. From this perspective, Omar Rivera interprets how a "we" is articulated and deployed in central political texts of this robust philosophical tradition. In particular, by turning to the work of Peruvian political theorist José Carlos Mariátegui among others, Rivera critiques philosophies of liberation that are invested in the redemption of oppressed identities as conditions for bringing about radical social and political change, foregrounding Latin America's complex histories and socialities to illustrate the power and shortcomings of these projects. Building on this critical approach, Rivera studies interrelated epistemological, transcultural, and aesthetic delimitations of Latin American philosophy in order to explore the possibility of social and political liberation "beyond redemption."
About the Author
Omar Rivera is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern University.
Table of Contents
1. Rapture: A "Contextual" and Redemptive Reading of Bolívar
2. Displacement: Spatializing Martí's "Nuestra América"
3. Dissemination: Logics of Redemption in Mariátegui's Seven Essays
4. Liminalities: Schutte's Transcultural Reading of Mariátegui
5. Representation: Mariátegui's and Lugones' Invisibilities
6. Aesthetic Discipline: Mariátegui Through Quijano and Flores Galindo
What People are Saying About This
Complemented by careful textual analysis, Omar Rivera presents an original view of José Carlos Mariátegui's role in Latin American philosophy and his relation to identity, liberation, and aesthetics."
Contributes to wide methodological debates about the nature of ideal and non-ideal theory, building on, challenging, and evaluating reductionist readings of many Latin American philosophers."