The quest for recognition: The case of Latin American philosophy
Rivera Berruz, Stephanie
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Latin American philosophy has dedicated a century of philosophical attention to the question: Does a distinct Latin American philosophy exist? While the efforts of Latin American philosophers should be lauded for positing possible parameters for Latin American philosophy and solutions to its problems of recognition, scant attention has been dedicated to considering why the existence of Latin American philosophy continues to be questioned. In this dissertation I argue that the contemporary models for understanding what makes Latin American philosophy a distinct philosophical field is best understood as informed by a desire for recognition. This desire is rendered problematic because of the way in which it re-enforces the dominance of European American philosophy as the gatekeepers of the philosophical tradition through the maintenance of Eurocentric ideals of what it means to do philosophy. Situated within this context, Latin American philosophy's desire to be seen is better understood as a condition of oppression brought about by disciplinary exclusion. This framework, I contend, has created a condition symptomatic of a "pathology of oppression" whereby Latin American philosophy seeks recognition from the group that has historically excluded it from its disciplinary constructions. Thus, the efforts of Latin American philosophers to gain visibility and recognition as a distinct philosophical subfield has merely re-inscribed the problematic hierarchies that yielded its invisibility in the first place.