Contingency and Commitment: Mexican Existentialism and the Place of Philosophy

2016.09.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Carlos Alberto Sánchez, Contingency and Commitment: Mexican Existentialism and the Place of Philosophy, SUNY Press, 2016, 161pp.,
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2016.09.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Carlos Alberto Sánchez, Contingency and Commitment: Mexican Existentialism and the Place of Philosophy, SUNY Press, 2016, 161pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781438459455. Reviewed by Manuel R. Vargas, University of California, San Diego and University of San Francisco In 1948, a group of philosophers in Mexico began a spirited and public engagement with existentialism. The movement flourished for only four years, but Carlos Alberto Sánchez argues that the project was of considerably greater philosophical importance than its brief duration might suggest. In Sánchez's reading, Mexican existentialism was, "that moment in the history of philosophy when Mexican philosophers hesitated before the Eurocentric conception of philosophy and identified [philosophy] with a quest for self-awareness" (91). The hallmark of this movement was an attempt to put the notion of Mexicanness at the center of a systematic research program. . .

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