Oct 26, 2020  
Catalogue 2020-2021 
    
Catalogue 2020-2021
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LALS 262 - Latin American Philosophy

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
(Same as PHIL 262 ) A survey course, conducted in English, covering a series of thinkers and traditions in the Americas, particularly Central and South America and the Carribbean, both before and after the colonial period. This course is conducted in historical order, and covers numerous topics pertaining to conceptions of the world, ethics, and politics. We begin by reading pre-colonial and Native American philosophical sources, including a peek into Aztec and Mayan thought. We then study and discuss the colonial era, where the issues of emancipation and the rights of indigenous groups and women were playing out on a global scale. This includes readings on Bartolomé de las Casas, Sor Juana, and Simón Bolívar. We then do a unit on the identity movement in the 19th and 20th century, where each nation was grappling with the problem and (im)possibility of forging a national identity in the wake of its independence. This unit might include readings on Martí, Vasconcelos, Ramos, Gracía, Alcoff, Schutte, and Zea. We end with a discussion of whether there is a distinctive Latino/a philosophy, and the relevance of historical Latin American thought to the modern day. Sofia Ortiz-Hinojosa.

Prerequisite(s): One course in Philosophy.

Two 75-minute periods.

Course Format: CLS



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