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Estudios de filosofía práctica e historia de las ideas

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SAENZ, Mario. Leopoldo Zea: Identity, Circumstance and Liberation. Estud. filos. práct. hist. ideas [online]. 2006, n.8, pp.21-30. ISSN 1851-9490.

Leopoldo Zea contributed to a deep revision of the concept of identity and its philosophical meaning, working on topics that are on the base of the philosophical thinking itself: is it assumed that he who philosophizes should detach himself from his social and cultural context?; and if that is so, what would be the meaning of truth, especially in relation to culture, politics, social criticism, and history? What is the meaning of "identity" as regards culture, society, and politics, as well as social groups flow and historical movement? What is the relation between Latin American philosophy and critical thinking, and philosophy and critical thinking of other regions? Nonetheless, right from his early essays, where he relates culture with the reflection about culture made by intellectuals, to the last ones, Zea's thinking appears as elitist and Occidental. The indigenous America seems to be merely circumstantial and non definitive regarding Latin America. This fact poses a paradox over which this essay intends to shed some light.

Palabras clave : Leopoldo Zea; Identity; Circumstance; Liberation.

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