Deadline Extension: Mexican Philosophy Conference at SJSU


We invite submissions for the 2nd Biannual Symposium on Mexican Philosophy in the 20th Century to be held on April 28-30, 2016 at San José State University. Coordinated by Professor Carlos Alberto Sánchez, the Symposium aims to promote substantive work in the area of 20th century Mexican philosophy. Conceived as a continuation of the program initiated at the 1st Biannual Symposium, held at the College of William & Mary in 2014 under the coordination of Robert E. Sanchez, the Symposium seeks to broaden the field of research and researchers in this area. Space is limited.

The Symposium will feature keynote addresses by:

Dr. Mario Teodoro Ramiréz

Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas “Luis Villoro”

Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo


Dra. Aurelia Valero Pié

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México

Please send submissions (complete papers only, please) to Noah Friedman-Biglin at: by March 15, 2016. Papers should be suitable for a 25-minute presentation. Please prepare papers for blind review, enclosing a separate document with your name, paper title, affiliation, contact information, and a 150-300 word abstract. Indicate “Symposium Submission” on the Subject line of your email. Acceptances will be announced by March 20, 2016. For more information contact

One response to “Deadline Extension: Mexican Philosophy Conference at SJSU

  1. I have read Portilla and many of the Mexican philosophical works from the Hyperion group thanks to existing scholars. At no point is there a major discussion of the historicity of the Catholic church and major events that took place during the conquest and implementation of Catholic administration over Mexican society. I like to follow Foucault and Nietzsche a bit more in terms of method. Why is not the Catholic church a major point of discussion when discussing Mexican philosophy. At least, the Catholic doctrine seems absent or not a major influence. I been to Mexico many times, and there is no denying how much the Catholic church has a monopolistic control over the hearts and minds of the Mexican people. Are we afraid to bring up the Catholic church is my question? Can we criticize the Catholic religion at some point? I want to make this clear, I was born Catholic and raised Catholic, but as I read Mexican history I see how much the episteme of the Catholic doctrine was a major catalyst in the history of knowledge in Mexico. If we read Paz’s Sor Juana, in large part Paz’s theses was that Sor Juana entered the monastery to acquire knowledge and have access to knowledge. Sor Juana pursued a religious education to acquire secular knowledge and also in large part as a women she otherwise would not have been able to pursue a higher education. I want to make sure that the events in Mexican history are not ignored at some point.

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