Our Own Identity

(1) In our first focal point we begin by coming to grips with our own Latin American identity. This notion was clearly championed in the works of Bondy and Zea. Through their visions we were able to oppose the identity by which we have been previously recognized around the world, an identity that had been created by use of the colonizer’s own culture industry (Horkheimer and Adorno: 1916).

The most profound significance of these Latin American philosophers was revealed by the fact that they both provided alternative ways by which to oppose the colonial conquest of the Americas. In Salazar Bondy we found a clear explication of the fact that the colonizer must be extricated from our way of thinking and legitimizing our own ideas and beliefs. To this we have also been able to find, in the work of Leopoldo Zea, the process by which we can begin to reconstruct our own identity by restoring our historical memory and using our colonial difference to take corrective actions in our current state of affairs. By understanding the contributions of these Latin American philosophers as a first steps in the development of our own Latin American philosophy, Latin American scholars were then able to propose refinements and advancements in our collective efforts.