Philosophy Faculty Publications and Presentations

In the Flesh and Word: Latina Feminist Philosophers' Collective Labor

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Spring 2016


To gather is a political act. Whether a gathering is capable of eliciting the participation of those present is a sign of the underlying vision organizing a collectivity. The marginalization of persons and modes of thought within gatherings that stand in for the field of philosophy in the United States speaks to the politics of these acts. Their underlying vision delimits the fate of alterity in our discipline: the silencing of persons whose lives may necessitate or invite thinking ignored realities, inhabiting unrecognized traditions, and/or working with alternative methodologies, conceptual tools, and symbolic forms. The Roundtable on Latina Feminism, however, presents us with the potential for a robust vision. It critically fosters affective relations capable of withstanding the challenges of alterity and oriented toward building a collective vision for philosophical thinking.


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