Libro | Book: Obras Escogidas II | Selected Works II de/of Leopoldo Zea

Author | Autor: Leopoldo Zea
Obras Escogidas | Selected Works…

Filosofía de la historia americana

Philosophy of American history


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Libro | Book: Obras Escogidas I | Selected Works I de/of Leopoldo Zea

Author | Autor: Leopoldo Zea
Obras Escogidas | Selected Works…

América en la conciencia de Europa

America in Europe’s consciousness {conscience}


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Why study Leopoldo Zea?

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The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) published Selected Works of Leopoldo Zea (Obras Escogidas de Leopoldo Zea) to commemorate the centenary of the illustrious, Mexican intellectual’s birth (June 30, 2012) and the tenth anniversary of his death (June 8, 2014).

Currently, the two tomes that make up his selected works are…

  • Selected Works of Leopoldo Zea I: America in Europe’s Consciousness [Conscience] (1955, 2015)
  • Selected Works of Leopoldo Zea II: Philosophy of American History (1978, 2015)

To my knowledge, these titles have not been translated into English. The titles in Spanish are…

  • Obras Escogidas de Leopoldo Zea I: América en la conciencia de Europa (1955, 2015)
  • Obras Escogidas de Leopoldo Zea II: Filosofía de la historia americana (1978, 2015)

In the Presentation of Selected Works of Leopoldo Zea, included in America in Europe’s Consciousness [Conscience] (1955, 2015), Adalberto Santana highlights that Zea is “recognized worldwide as the most distinguished Latin American philosopher.” He continues by explaining that Zea’s work is essential. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Santana identifies Zea as “one of the most distinguished academics of UNAM in the 20th Century” and the dawn of the 21st.

The purpose for publishing Selected Works of Leopoldo Zea is praiseworthy. Adalberto Santana writes that “the specific purpose” is to “put the new generations of university students and those interested in contact” with Zea’s lucid ideas and arguments.

Leopoldo Zea’s ideas and philosophy have a fundamental importance in the sphere of things Mexican and Latin American in general; however, I believe them to be further reaching and necessary for the Hispanic populations residing throughout North America, the Caribbean, and the world.

–Luis S. González Acevedo


 

About LeopoldoZea.com

Our mission is to make available –in one convenient place– information about one of Latin America’s greatest thinkers, the Mexican philosopher Leopoldo Zea. Like the purpose stated in the recently published Obras Escogidas de Leopoldo Zea by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, our goal is to promote Zea’s life, works, and ideas to new generations of university students and whomever has an interest in Latin America, Latin American thought, Mexico, Mexican thought, and Leopoldo Zea’s intellectual contributions. In addition, and most importantly as concerns our role in promoting Zea’s works and ideas, we want to make this information as easily available to the English-speaking world with hopes of increasing well-deserved interest in a titan of universal thought.

–Prof. Luis Samuel González Acevedo, site administrator

Leopoldo Zea’s Works

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Leopoldo Zea’s Works


translation: trans.
alternative translation: alt. trans.

  • Superbus philosophus (1942, reeditado/reedited 1943, 1947)

  • El positivismo en México (1943, segunda edición/second edition 1953)
    trans. Positivism in Mexico

  • Apogeo y decadencia del positivismo en México (1944)
    trans. Height and Decline of Positivism in Mexico

  • En torno a una filosofía americana (1945)
    trans. About [alt. trans. Around] an American philosophy

  • Esquema para una historia del pensamiento en México (1946)
    trans. Outline for a history of thought in Mexico

  • Ensayos sobre filosofía en la historia (1947)
    trans. Essays about philosophy in history

  • Dos etapas del pensamiento en Hispanoamérica. reeditado y ampliado posteriormente con el título de El pensamiento latinoamericano
    trans. Two stages of thought in Hispanic America. [reedited and expanded under the title Latin American thought]

  • Conciencia y posibilidad del mexicano (1952)
    trans. Mexican consciousness [alt. trans. conscience] and possibility

  • La filosofía como compromiso y otros ensayos (1952)
    trans. Philosophy as commitment and other essays

  • América como conciencia (1953)
    trans. America as conscience [alt. trans. consciousness]

  • El Occidente y la conciencia de México (1953)
    trans. The West and Mexico’s conscience [alt. trans. consciousness]

  • La conciencia del hombre en la filosofía. Introducción a la filosofía (1953)
    trans. Man’s conscience [alt. trans. consciousness] in philosophy. Introduction to philosophy

  • América en la conciencia de Europa (1955)
    trans. America in Europe’s conscience [alt. trans. consciousness]

  • La filosofía en México (1955)
    trans. Philosophy in Mexico

  • Esquema para una historia de las ideas en Iberoamérica (1956)
    trans. Outline for a history of ideas in Spanish America

  • América en la historia (1957)
    trans. America in History

  • Las ideas en Iberoamérica en el siglo XIX (1957)
    trans. Ideas in Spanish America in the XIX Century

  • La cultura y el hombre de nuestros días (1959)
    trans. Culture and man [alt. trans. people] of our days [alt. trans. time]

  • Democracia y dictaduras en Latinoamérica (1960)
    trans. Democracy and dictatorships in Latin America

  • Dos ensayos (1960)
    trans. Two essays

  • Latinoamérica y el mundo (1960)
    trans. Latin America and the world

  • Europa al margen de Occidente (1961)
    trans. Europe on the margin of the West

  • Del liberalismo a la revolución en la educación mexicana (1963)
    trans. From liberalism to revolution in Mexican education

  • Antología del pensamiento social y político en América Latina (1964)
    trans. Anthology of social and political thought in Latin America

  • Latinoamérica en la formación de nuestro tiempo (1965)
    trans. Latin America in the formation of our time

  • Antología de la filosofía americana contemporánea (1968)
    trans. Anthology of contemporary American philosophy

  • La filosofía americana como filosofía sin más (1969)
    trans. American philosophy as philosophy as such [alt. trans. without more]

  • Colonización y descolonización de la cultura latinoamericana (1970)
    trans. Colonization and decolonization of Latin American culture

  • La esencia de lo americano (1971)
    trans. The essence of what is American

  • Latinoamérica: Emancipación y neocolonialismo (1971)
    trans. Latin America: Emancipation and neocolonialism

  • Los precursores del pensamiento latinoamericano contemporáneo (1971)
    trans. The precursors of contemporary Latin American thought

  • Dependencia y liberación en la cultura latinoamericana (1974)
    trans. Dependence and liberation in Latin American culture

  • Dialéctica de la conciencia americana (1976)
    trans. Dialectic of the American conscience [alt. trans. consciousness]

  • El pensamiento latinoamericano (1976)
    trans. Latin American thought

  • Filosofía latinoamericana (1976)
    trans. Latin American philosophy

  • Filosofía y cultura latinoamericanas (1976)
    trans. Latin American philosophy and culture

  • La filosofía actual en América Latina (coautor) (1976)
    trans. Present-day philosophy in Latin America

  • Latinoamérica: Tercer Mundo (1977)
    trans. Latin America: Third World

  • Filosofía de la historia americana (1978, reimpresión 1987)
    trans. Philosophy of American history

  • Pensamiento positivista latinoamericano (selección y prólogo) (1980)
    trans. Latin American positivist thought

  • Simón Bolívar: Integración en libertad (1980)
    trans. Simón Bolívar: Integration in freedom [alt. trans. liberty]

  • Desarrollo de la creación cultural latinoamericana (1981)
    trans. Development of Latin American cultural creation

  • Latinoamérica en la encrucijada de la historia (1981)
    trans. Latin America in history’s crossroads

  • Sentido de la difusión cultural de América Latina (1981)
    trans. Sense of Latin America’s cultural diffusion

  • Latinoamérica, un nuevo humanismo (1982)
    trans. Latin America, a new humanism

  • La transformación de la filosofía latinoamericana (1983)
    trans. The transformation of Latin American philosophy

  • Filosofía de lo americano (1984)
    trans. Philosophy of the American [alt. trans. Philosophy of what is American]

  • América como autodescubrimiento (1986)
    trans. America as autodiscovery

  • El problema cultural de América (1987)
    trans. America’s cultural problem

  • Discurso desde la marginación y la barbarie (1988)
    trans. Discourse from marginalization and barbarism


Sources

This list of works was obtained from the following sources:

  • Leopoldo Zea, América en la conciencia de Europa, Obras Escogidas I, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2015)
  • Leopoldo Zea, Filosofía de la historia americana, Obras Escogidas II, Universidad Autónoma de México (2015)
  • Leopoldo Zea Aguilar (entry/entrada), Wikipedia (November 3, 2019) | en.wikipedia.org & es.wikipedia.org
  • Other online sources


Translator’s note: I used caution when translating Zea’s “conciencia.” I included [alt. trans. conscience] or [alt. trans. consciousness] to indicate an alternative translation.


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Biography: Leopoldo Zea (the Philosopher)

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“most prominent Latin American philosopher”

Leopoldo Zea

Mexican Philosopher
Professor
Chair, Philosophy Department


1912

  • Leopoldo Zea was born on June 30, 1912

1942-1948

  • Faculty member at the Preparatory National School

1944

  • Becomes a faculty member of the Department of Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

1947

  • At UNAM, founded the Seminar on the History of Ideas in Latin America

1954

  • Becomes a researcher at the Institute for Philosophical Research

1955

  • Employed as a member of the Center for Philosophical Studies at UNAM

1960-1970

  • Chair of the Department of Philosophy at UNAM

1967

  • From ’67 onward, worked to professionalize Latin American studies at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels

1970-1973

  • General director of Cultural Diffusion [alt. trans. Dissemination] at UNAM

1978-1994

  • Founded, coordinated and directed the Coordinating Center and Diffuser [alt. trans. Disseminator] of Latin American Studies

1980

  • Received the National Science and Arts award

1985

  • Received the Juchimán de Plata award

1985

  • Honored as Doctor Honoris Causa by UNAM

1986-2004

  • Directed, among other publications, Cuadernos Americanos

1987

  • Received the Gabriela Mistral Inter-American Prize for Culture, awarded by the Organization of American States

1994

  • Honored as Doctor Honoris Causa by the Russian Academy of Science

1997

  • Honored as Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Santiago de Chile

2000

  • Received the Belisario Domínguez Medal, awarded by the Mexican Senate

2004

  • Leopoldo Zea died on June 8, 2004

Sources

The information was obtained from the following sources:

  • Leopoldo Zea, América en la conciencia de Europa, Obras Escogidas I, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2015)
  • Leopoldo Zea, Filosofía de la historia americana, Obras Escogidas II, Universidad Autónoma de México (2015)
  • Leopoldo Zea Aguilar (entry/entrada), Wikipedia (November 3, 2019) | en.wikipedia.org & es.wikipedia.org
  • Other online sources

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Doing Philosophy & Making History with Leopoldo Zea

“If we want to do philosophy, the first thing we must do is philosophize… without worrying whether our activity will or will not be acknowledged as philosophy… like the classic philosophers who were determined to offer solutions for the problems their world posed… We shouldn’t worry much about the universality or limitation of our solutions, nor their eternity or temporality. We must simply ensure that our solutions be authentic solutions. Solutions for people of flesh and bones who desperately seek them.” –Leopoldo Zea