Title

The gift of Mexican historicism

Publication Date

7-28-2017

Document Type

Article

Department

Philosophy

Publication Title

Continental Philosophy Review

Volume

51

DOI

10.1007/s11007-017-9425-5

First Page

439

Last Page

457

Abstract

The focus of this paper is Mexican historicism. It has three objectives: first, to introduce English-speaking readers to the nature and history of Mexican historicism; second, to defend Mexican historicism against the charges of relativism usually raised against historicism in general and “Mexican” philosophy in particular; and third, to argue for what I call the transcendental, or alternatively, “liberatory,” nature of Mexican historicism—a nature with philosophical and political consequences. The hope is that by making the clarifications and determinations made here, the tradition of Mexican philosophy, of which Mexican historicism is a key moment, may find its place in the increasingly pluralistic US philosophical landscape.

Keywords

Mexican philosophy, Historicism, Philosophy of culture, Emilio Uranga, Leopoldo Zea, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Philosophy of history, Latin American philosophy

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