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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 University Press 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

(p.219) 17. Hispanics/Latinos and Philosophy
Debating Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Identity

Jorge J. E. Gracia

Columbia University Press

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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