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Hispanic/Latino identity : a philosophical perspective
Gracia, Jorge J. E.
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Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
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xviii, 235 pages ; 23 cm

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E184.S75 G67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This volume provides a superb introduction to the philosophical, social, and political elements of Hispanic/Latino identity. It is an indispensable tool for anyone interested in issues that concern Hispanics/Latinos, social policy, and the history of thought and culture.

Author Notes

Jorge J. E. Gracia was born in Cuba and educated in Cuba, Europe, and the United States. He is currently Samuel P. Capen Chair and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is author of ten books and more than 150 articles, and has edited more than a dozen books on metaphysics, historiography, hermeneutics, medieval philosophy, and Hispanic philosophy. He has been President of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, the Society for Iberian and Latin American Thought, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the International Federation of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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In this interesting book Gracia argues for use of the term "Hispanic" instead of "Latino" (or the different national names that identify Hispanics in the US), because it is the only label than can gather within it the historical family constituted by Iberians, Latin Americans, and Hispanics living in the US. In this way Gracia wants to avoid any essential identity for Hispanics. The main thesis of the book is that Hispanics' identity is not founded in commonality but on historical relations that create historical families. In developing his argument, Gracia first presents the ongoing debate among Hispanics/Latinos in the US about how to refer to themselves. He then analyzes the relationship between names and identity, especially ethnic identity, to finally assert that the key to understand Hispanic identity is "their unity in diversity," a product of the mestizaje that characterized America's discovery and conquering by the Iberians. In two additional chapters the author uses Latin American philosophy and Hispanics in American philosophy as examples of his thesis. Gracia has written a clear and understandable book that will appeal to general readers and lower-division undergraduates. P. Vila; University of Texas at San Antonio

Table of Contents

1 What Should We Call Ourselves? Hispanics, Latinos/as, Nothing
2 What's in a Name? The Relation of Names to Identity and Ethnicity
3 What Makes Us Who We Are? The Key to Our Unity and Diversity
4 An Illustration: Hispanic Philosophy
5 Where Do We Come From? Encounters, Inventions, and Mestizaje
6 The Search for Identity: Latin-America and Its Philosophy
7 Foreigners in Our Own Land: Hispanics in American Philosophy
Index of Names
Index of Subjects