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Philosophical History


Review Essays of Academic, Professional & Technical Books in the Humanities & Sciences



Latin American Thought: Philosophical Problems And Arguments by Susanna Nuccetelli (Westview) aims at showing that there is a body of interesting philosophical arguments offered by Latin Americans concerning issues that have arisen in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking parts of the New World. It examines questions of rationality, gender discrimination, justice, human rights, reparation for historically dispossessed peoples, and relativism vs. universalism--all matters of continuing concern in Latin American thought, from its earliest stirrings to the present day. And among some specific issues that have generated heated controversies from the early twentieth century to the present, the book explores how Latin Americans and their descendants abroad think of their own cultural identity, their critique of US mass-culture and philosophy, and the vexing problem of which name, if any, is the correct one to use to refer to all of this exceedingly diverse ethnic group.

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