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Hispanic Philosophy in the Age of Discovery Hardcover – May 1997


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Offers rare insight into an oft-neglected period in the history of philosophy.

This volume presents fifteen major philosophical studies occasioned by the five-hundredth anniversary of the European discovery of America. Several of the studies concern the initial encounter between the Europeans and native Americans; others treat the "golden age" of Hispanic philosophy that followed the discovery, specifically the period between 1500 and 1650. Combining ground-breaking research with acute philosophical reflection, the studies constitute a rich and varied resource on an oft-neglected period in the history of philosophy.

Divided into five main sections, the book begins with a substantive survey of the period. It provides both a definition of "Hispanic philosophy" and a thoughtful discussion of its original contributions. The second section presents essays on philosophical responses to urgent practical questions that arose from the European conquest of the New World. The third section discusses the philosophical themes that emerged in Hispanic thought at the time, and the fourth section concentrates on the most famous and influential philosopher of the period, Francisco Surez. The fifth and final section of the volume focuses on the last great figure of the period, Descartes' contemporary John Poinsot (John of St. Thomas), and argues that Poinsot discovered a new philosophical starting point in a semiotics that both synthesized the heritage of Latin thought and gave it a future of great relevance.

"This book makes accessible for English-speaking scholars the rich yet neglected legacy of late fifteenth and sixteenth century philosophy of the Iberian peninsula and the New World. As such, the volume promises to be of considerable value to intellectual historians, historians of ideas, historians of philosophy, and to historians of theology."--Professor Donald A. Cress, Northern Illinois University

The contributors to the volume are: Raphael Alvira, Eduardo Andujar, Mauricio Beuchot, Alfredo Cruz, Jean De Groot, John Deely, John P. Doyle, Yves Floucat, Jorge J. E. Gracia, Steven Menn, Carlos G. Norea, Marcelo Snchez-Sorondo, Mirko Skarika, William A. Wallace, Norman Wells, and Juan Antonio Widow.

KEVIN WHITE is associate professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America.

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