Alejandro Arturo Vallega
Alejandro Arturo Vallega Arredondo is a Chilean born Latin American philosopher and painter. He is currently Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon. His works focus on the role of aesthetic experience in the conocimiento that comes with existing (estar). Aesthetic experiences or modalities of being affect and liberate to their transconfigurations conceptual knowledges, identities, communities, and the very ways in which and from which one understands dialogue, language, and the articulate undergoing of existing. The conocimiento of estar is sustained in the inseparability of body and mind and in the way this internal tension/movement repeats the way subjective consciousness is situated by cosmological elemental movements. This work has major implications for the development of the aesthetic dimensions of liberatory and decolonial philosophies: aesthetic experience is the possibility of visibility, and in as much aesthesis plays a determining role in the configuration of social and political subjects, communities, ideologies, and institutions, as well as offering the possibility of dislodging and reconfiguring the very appearing of them. Among the ways of thinking engaged in this work are phenomenology (Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty), hermeneutics, deconstruction, surrealism, Latin American philosophy, Pre-Columbian thought and esthetics, the chronicles of the Americas from the XVI-XIX century, literature and poetry, oral traditions, and popular and indigenous thought in Latin America. Before entering the study of philosophy professor Vallega was professionally trained as a painter and his philosophical writing is influenced by his sensibilities in painting and the visual arts.
Among Professor Vallega’s publications he is the author of three monographs: The Question of Space: Thinking on Exilic Grounds (Penn State Press, 1999); Sense and Finitude: Encounters at the Limit of Language, Art, and the Political (SUNY press, 2009-2010); and, Latin American Philosophy from Identity to Radical Exteriority (Indiana University Press, 2014). The latter has become part of the cannon in courses on Latin America Philosophy. He is also the editor and translator of the English edition of Enrique Dussel’s Ethics of Liberation.
Professor Vallega is editor of the World Philosophies Series, published by Indiana University Press; President of the North America Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics; and, USA and Chile coordinator of the Sociedad de Filosofía y Liberación.
His work in the visual arts engages Pre-Columbian Andean art, the history of Latin American painting, abstract expressionism, and the Italian transvanguardia. His paintings and drawings appear in dialogue with John Sallis’ writing in Light Traces (Indiana University Press, 2014.)
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