Contingency and Commitment: Mexican Existentialism and the Place of Philosophy

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Contingency and Commitment: Mexican Existentialism and the Place of Philosophy

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Offers the first comprehensive survey of Mexican existentialism to appear in English. This book examines the emergence of existentialism in Mexico in the 1940s and the quest for a genuine Mexican philosophy that followed it. It focuses on the pivotal moments and key figures of the Hyperion group, including Emilio Uranga, Luis Villoro, Leopoldo Zea, and Jorge Portilla, who explored questions of interpretation, marginality, identity, and the role of philosophy. Carlos Alberto Sánchez was the first to introduce and emphasize the philosophical significance of the Hyperion group to readers of English in The Suspension of Seriousness, and in the present volume he examines its legacy and relevancy for the twenty-first century. Sánchez argues that there are lessons to be learned from Hyperion’s project not only for Latino/a life in the United States but also for the lives of those on the fringes of contemporary, postmodern or postcolonial, economic, political, and cultural power.

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978-1-4384-5945-5

Publication Date

2016

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State University of New York Press

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History of Philosophy | Latin American Studies | Other Philosophy | Philosophy

Contingency and Commitment: Mexican Existentialism and the Place of Philosophy

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