ⓘ Latinx philosophy
Latinx philosophy is a contemporary thought practice concerned with Latinxs, including the political, social, epistemic, and linguistic significance of Latino/a peoples and cultures. Contemporary practitioners often write in Spanish and/or English. Latinx philosophy often explores subjects such as Latinx identity, borders, immigration, gender, race, feminism, citizenship, incarceration, freedom, postcolonialism, and decoloniality.
1. Latinx philosophical themes
Prominent themes in Latinx Philosophy include decolonial thought, ecultural and philosophical identity, aesthetics, philosophical anthropology, feminism, Marxism, philosophy of liberation, political independence, and subaltern studies. Subjects of Latinx philosophical writing also include Aztec ethics, the Chicano movement, Mexican existentialism, Liberation philosophy, postcolonialism,and Latin American and Latinx feminisms, the philosophy of immigration, and examinations of the intersection of race and gender in Latinx identity.
Latinx philosophy is shaped by major contributions from Latina feminism and its genealogy with ties to women thinkers of color and Third-World Feminism in the United States. Foundational works by Chicana activists and authors Cherrie L. Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldua, including Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, r aised consciousness in the fields of philosophy and cultural theory of the marginal, in-between, and mixed cultures i.e., Chicano that develop along US southern borders.
The major historical periods of Latinx philosophy include: the Colonial Period, Independence Period, Positivism, and the Contemporary Period.
2. Contemporary Latinx philosophers
20 th century Latinx philosophers include: Walter Mignolo 1941-, Maria Lugones 1948-, and Susana Nuccetelli 1954 from Argentina ; Jorge J. E. Gracia 1942, Gustavo Perez Firmat 1949 and Ofelia Schutte 1944 from Cuba; Linda Martin Alcoff 1955 from Panama; Giannina Braschi 1953 from Puerto Rico; and Eduardo Mendieta 1963 from Colombia. The formats and styles of Latinx philosophical writing differ greatly as the subject matters. Walter Mignolo’s book "The Idea of Latin America" expounds on how the idea of Latin America and Latin American philosopher, as a precursor to Latinx philosophy, was formed and propagated. Giannina Braschis writings on Puerto Rican independence focus on economic emancipation, debt structures, and fear of freedom as" feardom”. Whereas, Susana Nuccetelli widely questions Latinx thought, the nature of justice, human rights, and Latinx cultural identity.
3. Latinx academic forums
American Philosophy Association, Latinx Cultural Center at Utah State University, APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues on Philosophy, Society for Mexican-American Philosophy, and the annual Latinx Philosophy Conference are among the academic platforms where scholars and teachers of Latinx philosophy publish, lecture and debate on Latinx philosophical, often including social justice issues.
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