Latinos in America by Jorge J. E. Gracia

By Jorge J. E. Gracia

A first-of-its-kind publication that heavily and profoundly examines what it capacity philosophically to be Latino and the place Latinos slot in American society.

  • Offers a clean point of view and clearer realizing of Latin American inspiration and tradition, rejecting
    solutions in line with stereotypes and fear
  • Takes an interdisciplinary method of the philosophical, social, and political parts of Hispanic/Latino
    identification, touching upon anthropology, heritage, cultural experiences and sociology, in addition to philosophy
  • Written by way of Jorge J. E. Gracia, some of the most influential thinkers of Hispanic/Latino descent

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Demarcation When the schema of individuation presented earlier is applied to Bernstein’s objection, it becomes clear, as it was with Appiah, that Bernstein is not interested in individuality taken as non-instantiability. He is not concerned with the fact that the group of Latinos is not instantiable into other groups of Latinos. If the group of Latinos is composed of 400 million individual persons, the group of these persons is not instantiable into groups of 400 million individual persons. This is just as happens with this cat: it is not instantiable into other cats.

This is important insofar as a great objection against all talk about general identities is precisely that they homogenize and preclude the use of more particular ones. If I have to choose between being Latino and being Mexican, someone says, I prefer being Mexican, for that is closer to me. But if we adopt the Familial-Historical View of Latino identities, this kind of conflict and choice is not inevitable. For each of these labels indicates something about me that is important, and this is not a set of properties that defines and confines me.

61–76. Several other articles in the same collection illustrate the variety of uses to which the term ‘individuation’ is put in the context of races and ethne in particular. In a third way, individuation is understood, linguistically, to refer to conditions that govern the effective use of language to pick out individuals. This is irrelevant for present purposes, although I discuss the meaning and reference of ethnic terms in general, and ‘Latino’ in particular, in chapter 3. The notions of racial and ethnic groups themselves are also contested, but for the sake of brevity I assume that we all have some understanding of what these expressions mean when we say that Blacks constitute a racial group and Latinos constitute an ethnic group.

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