About the Series
Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a critical series. It
aims to explore the emergence and consequences of concepts used to define
“Latin America” while at the same time exploring the broad interplay of
political, economic, and cultural practices that have shaped Latin Ameri-
can worlds. Latin America, at the crossroads of competing imperial designs
and local responses, has been construed as a geocultural and geopolitical
entity since the nineteenth century. This series provides a starting point
to redefine Latin America as a configuration of political, linguistic, cul-
tural, and economic intersections that demands a continuous reappraisal
of the role of the Americas in history, and of the ongoing process of glob-
alization and the relocation of people and cultures that have characterized
Latin America’s experience. Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires,
Nations is a forum that confronts established geocultural constructions, re-
thinks area studies and disciplinary boundaries, assesses convictions of the
academy and of public policy, and correspondingly demands that the prac-
tices through which we produce knowledge and understanding about and
from Latin America be subject to rigorous and critical scrutiny.
Ethics of Liberation is the English- language translation of Ética de la lib-
eración en la edad de la globalización y de la exclusión (1998), which followed
Dussel’s Philosophy of Liberation (1977) and has been followed by the re-
cently published (in Spanish) Política de la liberación (2007). A condensed
version of Philosophy of Liberation can be found in Twenty Theses on Politics,
which was published by Duke University Press in 2008.
If there is a thread that runs through Enrique Dussel’s work and life, it
is his concern for unveiling the logic of oppression and exclusion that lies at
the very foundation of the modern colonial world as we know it today. As
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