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Alejandro A Vallega

Alejandro A Vallega

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Twentieth Century European Philosophy and Latin American Thought, Institut für Philosophie Universität Wien,Vienna, Austria

Alejandro is Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Comparative Literature Department at the University of Oregon. He works on the articulation of a decolonial poietics or decolonial aesthetic thought. Through his focus on the aesthetic dimensions of understanding and experience, he addresses issues such as the decolonizing of consciousness and knowledges, the configuring of dynamic transformative identities, and a philosophy that is fundamentally relational and memorial. Alejandro unfolds these topics through engaging the history of Western philosophy, Latin American philosophy and thought, indigenous and popular thinking in Latin America, Caribbean thought, and their European, African, and Islamic influences. He is author of Heidegger and the Issue of Space: Thinking on Exilic Grounds (Penn State Press, American and Continental Philosophy Series, 2003); Sense and Finitude: Encounters at the Limits of Art, Language, and the Political (Contemporary Continental Philosophy Series, SUNY Press, 2009; Latin American Philosophy from Identity to Radical Exteriority (Indiana University Press, Spring 2014); and, Tiempo y Liberacion (Editorial AKAL, Spain and Mexico).