Program for 2nd Biannual Symposium On Mexican Philosophy in the 20th Century

2nd Bi-Annual Symposium on 20th Century Mexican Philosophy

Thursday April 28th
(All sessions, Engineering 285/287)

9:30 Coffee & Pastries

9:45 Introductions/Welcome
Dr. Kathleen McSharry, Associate Dean, College of Humanities and the Arts
Dr. Janet Stemwedel, Chair,
Department of Philosophy

10:00 Carlos Alberto Sánchez
Department of Philosophy, SJSU
“Writing the History of Mexican Philosophy: Historiographical Issues”

11:00 SJSU Student Panel Presentations

Django I. Runyan, “In Search of the Philosophical Impulse: Zea and the Greeks”

Bhardjav Patel, “Cosmopolis: The Politics of Philosophy in View of the Philosophy of Liberation”

Aleksandra Karichkina, “The Suspension of the Message: Jorge Portilla, Relajo, and the Value of Advertising”

12:00 Lunch Break
1:30 Keynote Address

Dr. Mario Teodoro Ramírez,
Instituto de Investigaciones Filosoficas Luis Villoro
Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas, Morelia
“Luis Villoro: Pensador Mexicano Universal”
(In Spanish; transcript will be provided)

3:00 Break

3:30 José Jorge Mendoza
Department of Philosophy
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
“Crimmigration: Making Migration Illegal”

4:30 Break

5:00 Sharon Murillo
Department of Philosophy
University of Texas, El Paso

“Educación: Herramienta para la Descolonización del pueblo rarámuri” (In Spanish; transcript will be provided)

7:00 Dinner on your own

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Friday April 29th
(All sessions, MLK Library 255)

9:30 Robert E. Sanchez
Department of Philosophy
Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles
“History of Mexican Philosophy: Historiography or Hagiography?”

10:30 Break

11:00 Gregory Pappas
Department of Philosophy
Texas A & M University
“The Limitations and Dangers of Decolonial Philosophies: Lessons from Zapatista Luis Villoro”

12:00 Lunch Break

1:30 Keynote Address 
Dra. Aurelia Valero Pié
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
“Building bridges across disciplines: Luis Villoro, between philosophy and history”

3:00 Break

3:30 Grant Silva
Department of Philosophy
Marquette University
“Mexican Political Philosophy in the 20th Century: On Philosophy Within a National Context”

4:45 Break

5:00 Andrew Soto
Department of Philosophy
Texas A & M University
“Leopoldo Zea and Mexican American Thought: Examining Unconquered Paradigms in Mexican and Mexican American Philosophy”

One response to “Program for 2nd Biannual Symposium On Mexican Philosophy in the 20th Century

  1. Why must (A) “Mexican Philosophy” or “Mexican-American Philosophy” or “Latin American Philosophy” or “African-American philosophy” be defined (only) by liberation from historical injustices (colonialism, racism, genocide, etc)?

    Is it because:
    (i) philosophy should be about and for Life-Praxis-Culture-Circumstances?
    (ii) What only defines the “Life-Praxis-Culture-Circumstances” of these humans (different than the Europeans) is injustices (colonialism, racism, genocide, etc)?

    I have no problem with (i)…. but (ii)? This is honestly all that we are about? Our philosophies are and should be just about the historical fact that we are victims of oppression? Even if one can argue that there is no dimension of our “Life-Praxis-Culture-Circumstances” (e.g. Art, Religion, Customs, Culture, Food, Ways of interacting ,,etc) that have not been affected by the injustices (colonialism), (ii) just does not follow, nor does (A) above.


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