Zapatismo, Luis Villoro, and American Pragmatism on Democracy, Power, and Injustice

Zapatismo, Luis Villoro, and American Pragmatism on Democracy, Power, and Injustice gregory fernando pappas Texas A&M University pragmatism has been appropriated and welcomed in Latin America because there is much prior practice and circumstance that makes for a good fit, and not simply because it was an external solution to local problems. In fact, many developments have already occurred in Latin America that, although not directly influenced by John Dewey, are better examples of his methods and ideas than what occurs north of the Rio Grande.1 Indeed, when Dewey was in Mexico, he was impressed with their educational reforms,2 while Sandinista Nicaragua, as Joe Betz has argued, exemplifies "the social experimentation Dewey called for in his 1935 `Liberalism and Social Action.'"3 This paper provides new evidence that the ideas and practices in the South support, complement, and may even improve some of the Classical Pragmatist's insights on how we should do philosophy and approach concrete social-political problems. First, it introduces the philosophy of Luis Villoro (1922­2014) and his close relation with the Zapatista movement in Mexico. Second, it demonstrates the striking affinities of this philosopher and the Zapatistas' practices with some of the best ideas found in John Dewey and Jane Addams. Third, it argues that there is much http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

Zapatismo, Luis Villoro, and American Pragmatism on Democracy, Power, and Injustice

The Pluralist, Volume 12 – Mar 4, 2017

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gregory fernando pappas Texas A&M University pragmatism has been appropriated and welcomed in Latin America because there is much prior practice and circumstance that makes for a good fit, and not simply because it was an external solution to local problems. In fact, many developments have already occurred in Latin America that, although not directly influenced by John Dewey, are better examples of his methods and ideas than what occurs north of the Rio Grande.1 Indeed, when Dewey was in Mexico, he was impressed with their educational reforms,2 while Sandinista Nicaragua, as Joe Betz has argued, exemplifies "the social experimentation Dewey called for in his 1935 `Liberalism and Social Action.'"3 This paper provides new evidence that the ideas and practices in the South support, complement, and may even improve some of the Classical Pragmatist's insights on how we should do philosophy and approach concrete social-political problems. First, it introduces the philosophy of Luis Villoro (1922­2014) and his close relation with the Zapatista movement in Mexico. Second, it demonstrates the striking affinities of this philosopher and the Zapatistas' practices with some of the best ideas found in John Dewey and Jane Addams. Third, it argues that there is much

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