Alejandro Arturo Vallega Arredondo
Alejandro A. Vallega is a Chilean born philosopher, writer, and painter. His work focuses on Philosophy of Liberation, decolonial philosophy, Latin American thought, and esthetics. In his writing professor Vallega aims to expose the fundamental importance of the esthetic, embodied, affective dimensions of thought for liberatory and decolonial thought, as well as for rethinking philosophy out of concrete and distinct living experience. He works between Western and Non-Western traditions, particularly with respect to the Continental traditions and Latin American thought. Besides his academic Continental and humanistic background and his work on esthetics, professor Vallega’s writing is driven by Latin American indigenous and popular thought and sensibilities, by oral and folk traditions, as well as by Latin American literature and poetry, all of which he reads as memorial testimonies of embodied seminal thought at the de-limiting of identities.
Among Professor Vallega’s publications he is the author of three monographs: Heidegger and 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). He is also the editor 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 coordinator of the Sociedad de Filosofía y Liberación. Twice he has co-directed the Collegium Phaenomenologicum in Cittá di Castello, Italy; he is faculty member of the Decolonizing Knowledge and Power School in Barcelona; faculty of the Diplomatura en Filosofía de la Liberación, at the University of Jujuy, Argentina; and, teaches in the graduate decolonial psychology program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, California.
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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