Alasdair MacIntyre, Auguste Comte, Aztec, Bartolomé de las Casas, Brazil, Brian Tierney, Cantares Mexicanos, gender, Gustavo Gutiérrez, José Enrique Rodó, Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, liberation theology, Mayan, Mexico, Pope Francis, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, United States
When one aspires to love all wisdom, one should look for it worldwide – and that task is not easy. Typically, when we philosophers look outside the West, we look above all to Asia. But within the West (at least after the fall of the Roman Empire), we also tend to narrow our focus to the United States and Western Europe, with occasional bones tossed to Canada and Australia. And there’s a lot we miss when we do.
Like Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Latin America is largely a Western culture, even if it has been on the periphery of the West’s overall attention. (Latin America and Eastern Europe each pay more attention to the USA and Western Europe than they pay to each other.) Like Africa, it is a continent-sized region of the world that gets much less philosophical attention than does Asia. Two years ago I gave African philosophy a survey post here – still less than it deserves – but have not yet done the same for Latin America. I’d like to fix that now.Continue reading