A distinctive focus of 19th- and 20th-century Latin American philosophy is the convergence of identity formation and political liberation in ethnically and racially diverse postcolonial contexts. From this perspective, Omar Rivera interprets how a "we" is articulated and deployed in central political texts of this robust philosophical tradition. In particular, by turning to the work of Peruvian political theorist José Carlos Mariátegui among others, Rivera critiques philosophies of liberation that are invested in the redemption of oppressed identities as conditions for bringing about radical social and political change, foregrounding Latin America's complex histories and socialities to illustrate the power and shortcomings of these projects. Building on this critical approach, Rivera studies interrelated epistemological, transcultural, and aesthetic delimitations of Latin American philosophy in order to explore the possibility of social and political liberation "beyond redemption."
1. Rapture: A "Contextual" and Redemptive Reading of Bolívar
2. Displacement: Spatializing Martí's "Nuestra América"
3. Dissemination: Logics of Redemption in Mariátegui's Seven Essays
4. Liminalities: Schutte's Transcultural Reading of Mariátegui
5. Representation: Mariátegui's and Lugones' Invisibilities
6. Aesthetic Discipline: Mariátegui Through Quijano and Flores Galindo
Contributes to wide methodological debates about the nature of ideal and non-ideal theory, building on, challenging, and evaluating reductionist readings of many Latin American philosophers."
Ernesto Rosen Velásquez, editor (with Ramón Grosfoguel and Roberto Hernández) of Decolonizing the Westernized University: Interventions in Philosophy of Education from Within and Without
Complemented by careful textual analysis, Omar Rivera presents an original view of José Carlos Mariátegui's role in Latin American philosophy and his relation to identity, liberation, and aesthetics."
Elizabeth Millán Brusslan, editor of After the Avant-Gardes: Reflections on the Future of the Fine Arts