Decolonizing Epistemologies builds upon the contributions of liberation and postcolonial theories in both philosophy and theology. Gathering the work of three generations of Latina/o theologians and philosophers who have taken up the task of transforming their respective disciplines, it seeks to facilitate the emergence of new knowledge by reflecting on the Latina/o reality in the United States as an epistemic locus: a place from which to start as well as the source of what is known and how it is known.
The task of elaborating a liberation and decolonial epistemology emerges from the questions and concerns of Latina/os as a minoritized and marginalized group. Refusing to be rendered invisible by the dominant discourse, the contributors to this volume show the unexpected and original ways in which U.S. Latina/o social and historical loci are generative places for the creation of new matrices of knowledge.
Because the Latina/o reality is intrinsically connected with that of other oppressed groups, the volume articulates a new point of departure for the self-understanding not only of Latina/os but also possibly for other marginalized and oppressed groups, and for all those seeking to engage in the move beyond coloniality as it is present in this age of globalization.
Ada María Isasi-Díaz is Professor of Ethics and Theology (Emerita) at the Theological School of Drew University.
Eduardo Mendieta is Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University.
"The outstanding significance of this book emerges from the fact that the
increasing centrality of Latino populations in the US is transforming the political, economic and cultural self-perception of the United States. The new face of America is now a reality. It's unfolding will be the most important story of the next fifty years. If want a glance of the future, you must read this book!"-Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, author of What If Latin America Ruled the World?
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