By Carlos Alberto Sánchez
Offers the 1st complete survey of Mexican existentialism to seem in English.
This publication examines the emergence of existentialism in Mexico within the Forties and the hunt for a real Mexican philosophy that it. It makes a speciality of 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 function of philosophy. Carlos Alberto Sánchez was once the 1st to introduce and emphasize the philosophical value of the Hyperion workforce 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 undertaking not just for Latino/a lifestyles within the usa but additionally for the lives of these at the fringes of latest, postmodern or postcolonial, fiscal, political, and cultural strength.
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The real lesson, which I think is occasioned by Nausea itself, is that while a radical lack of foundation can be a crisis for us all, and Portilla says, for “our actual world . . [and] our [American] continent” (1948, 244–245), the prima facie response to this realization EXISTENTIALISM AS PAUSE AND OCCASION 41 should not be irresponsibility for ourselves, our fellows, and our values. Moreover, merely because rational order is effaced from the ﬁnite perspective of beings-in-the-world, the conclusion that it is effaced from the perspective of eternity is unfounded and arrogant.
The realization of the truth” (1948, 238). What is to be realized, or revealed, is that “the phenomenological world is the sense that emerges [transparece y rezuma] from my experiences and those of the other; it is thus inseparable from subjectivity and intersubjectivity, which give meaning unity, assuming my past experiences in my present experiences, assuming the experience of others in mine. The phenomenological world . . is the foundation of being” (238). Said differently, the unity of meaning to be realized emerges from the ground up, from the real lived experience of the community, of the historical, social, and cultural interaction of the I with the other.
Responsibility implies at the same time freedom. We can talk of responsibility only where there is freedom” (3). 42 CONTINGENCY AND COMMITMENT More recently, Christopher Domínguez Michael leveled a more scathing critique of the Mexican existentialist period on the occasion of the 1997 reissue of Jorge Portilla’s Fenomenología del relajo. Referring to the existentialist period (1948–1952), Michael calls it an “embarrassing deception” and laments the intellectual energy wasted and the “suffering of that solemn and miserable project that was .
Contingency and commitment : Mexican existentialism and the place of philosophy by Carlos Alberto Sánchez