Latin American Studies

Eduardo Mendieta

Eduardo Mendieta
Acting Director of the Rock Ethics Institute
Professor of Philosophy
Affiliate Professor in the School of International Affairs


PhD, Philosophy, New School for Social Research
MA, Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary
BA, Philosophy, Rutgers University


Prof. Mendieta recently finished a monograph titled The Philosophical Animal: On Zoopoetics and Interspecies Cosmopolitanism, which is forthcoming with SUNY Press. He is already at work on what he considers to be a prequel titled, Philosophy’s War: Nomos, Polemos, Topos. Most immediately, however, he is editing his essays on the critical philosophy of race and will gather them under the title of Technologies of the Racist Self.

He is also editing a couple of anthologies on the history of Latin American philosophy and its most recent developments.

Once these books are complete, he plans to pursue two other projects. One has to do with Latin American cities, which takes up work on megaurbanization, megaslums, and the Anthropocene he has undertaken over the last couple of years. He has picked some six or seven Latin American cities to exemplify what he call the Latin American Urban Genius.

The second project, which is tentatively titled Philosophy’s Workshop, has to do with what he has called philosophy’s paralipomena. The aim is to study, profile, and unearth the many ways in which philosophy is produced, crafted, thought, written, communicated, and confessed: letters, dialogues, voice, diaries/autobiographies, lectures, and the philosopher’s body (female, male, racialized, lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, disabled, ugly, etc). The aim is to develop a genealogy of the production of philosophy that is attentive to its material spaces of production. His guiding philosophical idea is that philosophy takes place in and through bodies that are always located in institutional spaces, which affect its imaginary.

Recent Courses:

  • Homer’s Iliad
  • Ethics and Temporality
  • Postcolonial Marx
  • Intro to Moral Reasoning
  • Politics and Society
  • Philosophy of War and Peace
  • Biopolitics and Race

Recent Publications:


Maps for a Fiesta: A Latina/o Perspective on Knowledge and the Global Crisis (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015), by Otto Maduro, edited and introduced by Eduardo Mendieta.

Journal Articles:

“Walled in and without Home: Casey, Edward S. and Watkins, Mary. 2014 Up against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border, reviewed by Eduardo Mendieta” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Open Site (26 November 2014). Available on line at:

“Philosophy’s Paralipomena: Diaries, Notebooks, and Letters” in Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 28, No. 4 (2014), 413-421.

“On Left Kantianism: From Transcendental Critique to the Critical Ontology of the Present” in Foucault Studies, No. 18 (October 2014), 245-252.

“From Colonial to Decolonial Pedagogy: From Bello to Freire” in Lápiz, No. 1 (2014) (Proceedings from the 2013 LAPES Symposium), 14-31.

“The Legal Orthopedia of Human Dignity: Thinking with Axel Honneth” in Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 40, No. 8 (fall of 2014), 799-815. Modified version to appear in Portuguese as “A Ortopedia Moral da Lei: Dignidade, Liberdade Comunicativa e a Descolonização de Direitos Humanos” in Revista Culturas Jurídicas (2015)

“The Silence of the Sirens: Re-reading the Dialectic of Enlightenment with Kafka and Borges” Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Vol. 28, No. 3 (2014), 401-410.

Book Chapters:

“The Second Reconquista” in Iván Jaksic, ed. Debating Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Identity: Jorge J.E. Gracia and his Critics (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015), 138-146. Revision and expansion of:  "The 'Second Reconquista', or Why should a 'Hispanic' become a Philosopher?: On Jorge Gracia's Hispanic/Latino Identity: A Philosophical Perspective." in Philosophy and Social Criticism, Vol. 27, No. 2 (2001), 11-19. Excerpt in Spanish appeared under the title of “ Etiquetas étnicas son identidades políticas in Revista Internacional de Filosofía Política, No. 16, Diciembre 2000, 183-187

“Globalization, Cosmopolitics, Decoloniality: Politics for/of the Anthropocene” in Andrew Fiala, ed. Bloomsbury Companion to Political Philosophy (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), 213-221.

“Introduction to the English-Language Edition: Toward an Epistemology of Liberation” in Otto Maduro, Maps for a Fiesta: A Latina/o Perspective on Knowledge and the Global Crisis, edited and with an introduction by Eduardo Mendieta (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015), vi-xiii.

“Freedom as practice and Civic genius: On James Tully’s Public Philosophy” in Robert Nichols and Jakeet Singh, eds., Freedom and Democracy in an Imperial Context: Dialogues with James Tully (London and New York: Routledge, 2014), 32-47.

“World Society, Public Sphere and Cosmopolitanism” in Raúl Fornet-Betancourt, Hans Schelkshorn, Franz Gmainer-Pranzl, eds., Auf dem Weg zu einer Gerechten Universalität: Philosophischen Grundlagen und Politischen Perspektiven (Aachen: Wissenschaftsverlag Mainz, 2013), 127-139.

“From Imperial to Dialogical Cosmopolitanism” in Matthias Lutz-Bachmann and Amos Nascimento, eds., Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Cosmopolitan Ideals: Essays on Critical Theory and Human Rights (Surrey, England, and Burlington, US: Ashgate, 2014), 119-138. This is a revised and expanded version of an essay originally published in  Ethics & Global Politics Vol. 2, No. 3 (2009): 241-258. Spanish version: “Del cosmopolitismo imperial al cosmopolitismo dialógico: humildad, solidaridad y paciencia.” In José G. Gandarilla S. y Jorge Zùñiga, coordinadores, La filosofía de la Liberación, Hoy: Sus Alcances en la Ética y la Política, Tomo 1 (México, DF: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2013), 113-134

Eduardo Mendieta