Latino and Latin American Philosophy

María Cristina González and Nora Stigol

in Debating Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Identity

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print June 2015 | ISBN: 9780231169448
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231537728 | DOI:
Latino and Latin American Philosophy

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This chapter challenges Jorge J. E. Gracia's notion of a Latino philosophy as well as of Latino philosophers. In his book Latinos in America (2008), Gracia addresses three questions that constitute the core of the so-called Latino challenge: What is it to be Latino? What is the place of Latinos in America? And how do Latinos think about themselves and their identity? In his response, Gracia develops and uses a theoretical tool to identify Latinos that he dubs the Familial-Historical View. He examines various conspicuously controversial issues related to Latino identity such as their linguistic rights, the advantages and disadvantages of affirmative action for Latinos, and the place of Latinos in the marketplace within the field of professional philosophy. Finally, he performs an in-depth examination of Latino philosophy. This chapter argues that Gracia fails to take into account the important differences between Latin American philosophy and the philosophers who work in Latin America and in the United States.

Keywords: linguistic rights; affirmative action; Jorge J. E. Gracia; Latino philosophy; Latinos; Familial-Historical View; Latino identity; Latin American philosophy; philosophers

Chapter.  4669 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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