Pedro Zulen and the Reception of Pragmatism in Peru

Pablo Quintanilla

in Pragmatism in the Americas

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233670
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241804 | DOI:

Series: American Philosophy

Pedro Zulen and the Reception of Pragmatism in Peru

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This chapter explores a generation of philosophers that emerged in Peru and became interested in positivism at the end of the nineteenth century. This generation that embraced positivism included Manuel Gonza´lez Prada (1848–1918), Alejandro Deustua (1849–1945), Jorge Polar (1856–1932), Mariano H. Cornejo (1866–1942), Carlos Lisson (1868–1947), Javier Prado (1871–1921), and Manuel Vicente Villara´n (1873–1918). The chapter addresses the interesting parallel that the first consolidated generation of Peruvian philosophers appeared at the end of a tragic and extremely devastating war, similar to the United States in the Civil War era and the origins of pragmatism.

Keywords: Peru; positivism; war; Peruvian philosophers; Civil War; pragmatism

Chapter.  2774 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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