Philosophical Analysis in Argentina

  • Eduardo Rabossi
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 172)


The conceptual weapons used by Latin American philosophers against nineteenth-century positivism were drawn from arsenals provided by German and French philosophers. The so called “founding period” of Latin American philosophy must be identified with the “discovery” and adoption of neo-Hegelianism, vitalism, historicism and some minor “isms” somehow accepted in German and French philosophical circles. Later on, Heideggerianism, phenomenology, neo-Thomism and neo-Marxism were added to the list. This search for new philosophical horizons was valuable in itself as far as it was related to a strict professional concern. But it had little value in the long run. The new philosophical wave was mainly responsible for some of the negative features that, somehow, characterize Latin American philosophical thought: lack of inventiveness, parochialism, disregard for standards of rigor, clarity and criticism, and disregard for logic and science.


Philosophical Analysis Plate Group Vienna Circle Marxism Philosophical Analytical Tradi 
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