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Debating Race, Ethnicity, and Latino IdentityJorge J. E. Gracia and His Critics$
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Iván Jaksic

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169448

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169448.001.0001

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Hispanics/Latinos and Philosophy

Hispanics/Latinos and Philosophy

A Response

Chapter:
(p.219) 17. Hispanics/Latinos and Philosophy
Source:
Debating Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Identity
Author(s):

Jorge J. E. Gracia

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231169448.003.0018

In this chapter, Jorge J. E. Gracia responds to various criticisms of his notion of ethnic philosophy, the use of the label “Latino philosophy” to refer to the philosophy produced both in Latin America and in the United States, the understanding of this philosophy as an ethnic philosophy, and linguistic rights and affirmative action for Latinos. Gracia refers to his two books, Latinos in America (2008) and Hispanic/Latino Identity (2000), to defend his position regarding these issues, including the controversy surrounding the use of the labels “Hispanics” versus “Latinos.” He comments on the distinction between ethnos and ethnicity, the political advantages of the use of “Latino,” the difference between Latin American philosophy and Latino philosophy, and the nativism and nationalism that seem to be behind much of the discussion of linguistic rights.

Keywords:   ethnic philosophy, Jorge J. E. Gracia, Latino philosophy, Latin America, linguistic rights, affirmative action, Latinos, Hispanics, Latinos in America, Hispanic/Latino identity

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