As we continue to work on our translation project, specifically as we think about our audience who may be interested in Latin American but not Mexican philosophy (yet), I keep coming up against this nagging question: what is the relation between Mexican philosophy and Latin American philosophy? Is Mexican philosophy different and unique or a particular instantiation of a larger philosophical tradition?
In his Making of the Mexican Mind (1952), Patrick Romanell says that … “philosophy in Latin American is essentially philosophy in Mexico writ large” (32).
However, while there is no doubt much overlap, or a kind of continuity, between the Mexican and Latin American traditions, I wonder if it wouldn’t be more fruitful to consider Latin American philosophy as a collection of internally heterogenous traditions. It seems to me that one thing we can learn from Latin American philosophy – just as we can from trying to define Latin American or Latino/a identity – is that sometimes it is more fruitful to highlight differences and diversity.
I wonder what our readers have to say!