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Improper Times, or the Burden of Latin American Thought's Borders and Encroachments

When Apr 01, 2011
from 1:45 PM to 3:00 PM
Where Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
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Photo used on event page.Alejandro Vallega, University of Oregon

Alejandro A. Vallega is Assistant Professor of Latin American Philosophy at the University of Oregon, Eugene. He was born in Santiago, Chile, and went into exile with his family in 1974.  Since then he has lived in Argentina, the United States, Austria, and Italy.  His work focuses on the relationships and limits between Western philosophy and Latin American thought, in particular on the articulation of thought and its history as it unfolds in exteriority or alterity, i.e., beyond and in the periphery of North American and Western European philosophy.  He is the author of Heidegger and the Issue of Space: Thinking On Exilic Grounds (Penn State Press, American and Continental Philosophy Series, 2003) and of Sense and Finitude: Encounters at the Limits of Art, Language, and the Political (Contemporary Continental Philosophy Series, SUNY Press, 2009).  He is the editor of the English translation of Enrique Dussel’s Ethics of Liberation (Duke University Press, forthcoming), and head editor for Latin America of the World Philosophies Series published by Indiana University Press.  His current research focuses on the philosophy of liberation and Latin American cultural aesthetics as a ground for Latin American and decolonizing thought.