The Pedagogics of Liberation:
A Latin American Philosophy of Education
By Enrique Dussel (Punctum Books, 2019)
Introduction by Linda Martín Alcoff
Translated by Ana Cecilia Diego and David Backer
"Enrique Dussel is considered one of the founding philosophers of liberation in the Latin American tradition, an influential arm of what is now called decoloniality. While he is astoundingly prolific, relatively few of his works can be found in English translation — and none of these focus specifically on education. Founding members of the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society David I. Backer and Cecilia Diego bring to us Dussel’s The Pedagogics of Liberation: A Latin American Philosophy of Education, the first English translation of Dussel’s thinking on education, and also the first translation of any part of his landmark multi-volume work Towards an Ethics of Latin American Liberation."
The diversity of populations in Latin America and the region’s political, cultural, and economic achievements and challenges have shaped unique education philosophies and practices. Likewise, a variety of education philosophies and practices within the region have had enormous sociological, political and economic impacts on the region’s populations. There exists within Latin America a rich tradition of philosophies of education for the most part unknown and often unexamined. LAPES seeks to promote South-South and North-South dialogue regarding Latin American philosophies of education by providing scholars, students, practicing teachers, and activists opportunities to study in collaborative fashion the diverse collection of philosophical works on education produced in Latin America, or by scholars who study the region.
A central premise of LAPES is that by studying Latin American philosophies of education, scholars, teachers, activists, and students can expand their own ways of theorizing education as well as develop techniques for improving educational practices in the United States and elsewhere. To advance this premise, LAPES aims to make resources available to individual and collective parties interested in inquiring into Latin American questions on philosophy of education through professional development activities and other intellectual events.