symploke categories, minoritized and marginalized. Different dimensions of Latino/a identity and experience are obscured or ignored. As Matín Alcoff argues, even in racial discrimination, Latinos/as are excluded by the binary of blackwhite racial paradigm or subsumed in broad categories that hide aspects of our identities and practices, as both Martínez-Vázquez and González's argue in the essays that follow. The final section of the book focuses on new directions for epistemological discourse, including challenging the "established geography of reason," as Maldonado Torres argues, and exploring the way bodies "bear the memory of knowledge and power," as Rivera Rivera does. Other strategies include appropriating established philosophies, such as American pragmatism, to uncover new epistemic tools, such as the aesthetic qualities of experience, which can assist in the decolonizing of religion as Tirres argues. However, Tirres' argument, while useful, runs the risk of becoming too dependent on dominant philosophies and their inherent premises, thus privileging them to legitimize Latino/a approaches. On the other hand, Mendieta's use of Morrison's "culpable ignorance," does have some merit as a critique of what is obscured or ignored in the production of knowledge. The book is certainly an important step in the development of alternate epistemologies
symploke – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Dec 22, 2013
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