By Carlos Alberto Sánchez
Offers the 1st accomplished survey of Mexican existentialism to seem in English.
This publication examines the emergence of existentialism in Mexico within the Forties and the search for a real Mexican philosophy that it. It specializes in the pivotal moments and key figures of the Hyperion crew, together with Emilio Uranga, Luis Villoro, Leopoldo Zea, and Jorge Portilla, who explored questions of interpretation, marginality, identification, and the position of philosophy. Carlos Alberto Sánchez was once the 1st to introduce and emphasize the philosophical value of the Hyperion team to readers of English in The Suspension of Seriousness, and within the current quantity he examines its legacy and relevancy for the twenty-first century. Sánchez argues that there are classes to be discovered from Hyperion’s venture not just for Latino/a existence within the usa but in addition for the lives of these at the fringes of latest, postmodern or postcolonial, financial, political, and cultural strength.
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Extra info for Contingency and commitment : Mexican existentialism and the place of philosophy
The necessity of God is not contradicted by the contingency of human existence. Chaos, in other words, demands reason. Portilla’s hesitation and refusal manifests reading’s natural pretention to infuse one’s personal beliefs into the text or its context. Hesitating before a “hypothesis” that evidently offends is clearly another way in which the text occasions reﬂection, and the way in which the text bears on a reader’s circumstance. But now, I am reading into Portilla’s reading, or nonreading, and, in the process, exemplifying the instability (contingency) of the reading-relation.
But Portilla suggests that this need not be the case. The subject is not the only source of values and world-sense; there are other sources. The denial of this “other” power is an unnecessary further step, an unsupported hypothesis—unsupported by experience, in other words. The end of bourgeois legislation of meaning via something like transcendental idealism ought not to usher in an era of irresponsibility and ﬂeeing, where every action, inaction, devaluation, marginalization, and destruction is allowed.
In fact, his arrival was front-page news. Not surprisingly, and quite telling, the photograph of MerleauPonty’s deplaning that accompanies the published report pictures the French philosopher ﬂanked by Villoro and Uranga, happily welcoming one of philosophy’s dignitaries (Uranga 1949c). The event of MerleauPonty’s visit not only signals the recognition of the Mexican existential project by one of two people whose recognition mattered to the Mexican philosophers (the other being Sartre), but it also vindicates the Mexican existentialist project as an original effort and as a signiﬁcant contribution to existentialism itself.
Contingency and commitment : Mexican existentialism and the place of philosophy by Carlos Alberto Sánchez