Alejandro Arturo Vallega Arredondo
Aisthesis, Decoloniality, and Nothingness
My work is centered around rethinking philosophical understanding through aisthetic experience, understood in its original senses, as a fundamental part of understanding that occurs at the physical, concrete, affective, emotional, and memorial dimensions fundamental to the psyche. Out of this concern I work on Latin American philosophy, its history, on philosophy of liberation, on popular and indigenous thought in Latin America, and on decolonial thought and psychology. I take up the same concerns through my work on phenomenology, deconstruction and hermeneutics, as well as on my readings of ancient Greek philosophy, and in my study of Chinese classical painting (Guóhuà 國畫) and “nothingness”(Xu (虛)).
Speaking in general, in my experience philosophy is not solely or even first and foremost a conceptual or rational activity but it is informed and held together as well by the aisthetic, which must also be thought through as an elemental dimension of philosophical understanding. Some of the central figures in my work are Plato, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Benjamin, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer, Derrida, Jose Carlos Mariátegui, Franz Fanon, Enrique Dussel, Rodolfo Kusch, Edouard Glissant, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, and Fraçois Jullien. John Sallis and Charles Scott. Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, Maria Lugones, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Linda Alcoff, and Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui. César Vallejo, Paul Celan, Wallace Stevens, and Raúl Zurita.
All of these fields of study, interests, and figures come together to form in my thought a series of paths, attempts towards finding ways of thinking that are pluriversal, transformative, and ultimately affirming with respect to forms of consciousness and lives that are never ours in their fathomless passages, never defined by rationalist manipulation and production. I would suggest that to think philosophically is to constantly go through the delimitations that make existence intelligible, and this is as much a responsibility as is an unbridled creative free fall.
Among National and International Activities
President of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics
Editor of the World Philosophies Series, Indiana University Press
Directors’ Board, Collegium phaenomenologicum, Cittá di Castello, Italy
USA Coordinator Asociación de Filosofía y Liberación, México
Faculty, Decolonizing Knowledge Summer School, Barcelona, Spain
. Latin American Philosophy from the Question of Identity to Radical Exteriority
(Indiana University Press, Spring 2014).
. Sense and Finitude: Encounters at the Limits of Art, Language, and the Political (Contemporary Continental Philosophy Series, SUNY Press, 2009 and 2010.)
. Heidegger and the Issue of Space: Thinking On Exilic Grounds (Penn State
Press, American and Continental Philosophy Series, 2003.)
. Dussel, Enrique. Ethics of Liberation: In the Age of Globalization and Exclusion Tr. Eduardo Mendieta, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Camilo Perez Bustillo, and Yolanda Angulo. Ed. and Trans. Alejandro A. Vallega (Duke University Press, February, 2013.)
. On Giorgio Agamben. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. Special Volume on Giorgio Agamben, Guest Editor Alejandro A. Vallega. Vol.11- Number 1, Fall 2011.
Present Department Committees / Service at University of Oregon
. Colloquia and Special Events Committee (Chair)
. Graduate Studies Committee
. Search Committee
. University Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences