Alejandro Arturo Vallega Arredondo
Professor Vallega’s work occupies a space between Western and non-Western articulate modalities of existing and ways of knowing. His research focuses on the configuration of identities, the delimitation of knowledges, and on the aesthetic dimensions of these, out of heterogeneous pluriversal forms of being in the world. Beyond traditional ideas of uni-versality, single origins, single rootedness, homogeneity, he develops an “aesthetic exilic thought,” a thought from the places, lineages, and memories of excluded, displaced, and subjugated lives and ways of being and of understanding existence. For some time now, he has focused on Latin American philosophy, philosophy of liberation, indigenous and popular thought in Latin America, and decolonial thought. He also continues to work in Ancient Greek philosophy, and in contemporary Continental philosophy (particularly, Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jacques Derrida, and Giorgio Agamben). His line of thinking becomes a decolonial task as soon as he questions identity and knowledge in light of excluded epistemic and existential ways that underlie but are covered over by the development of modernity from 1492 on. His work exposes the interdependence between racionality and conceptual understanding and aísthetic ways of knowing (affective, emotional, physical, temporal, spatial, and memorial pre-conceptual dimensions of conscciousness and understanding). It explores and develops ways and possibilities of unfolding critiques (out of distinct and concrete situations and experiences) that unsettle the disciplines and structures of power sustaining and perpetuating subjectivist rationalist modernity. Ultimately, his thought aims to go beyond transformative critic, by opening liberatory paths out of the affirmation of subjugated and obscured thinking and articulate ways of being. This path also aims for the transformative reinterpretation of the ideas of history and the humanities, in thinking towards a "decolonizing humanities" out of non-western concrete ways of living and knowing.
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 (Duke U. Press, 2013), and coeditor (with Ramón Grosfoguel) of Anti-Cartesian Meditations and Transmodernity (The Hague: AMRIT Publishers, June 2018).
Professor Vallega is editor for Latin America 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, and is part of the Board of Directors. He is permanent 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, he also teaches in the graduate decolonial psychology program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, California.
Present Department Committees / Service at University of Oregon
. Graduate Program Review (Chair)
. Graduate Studies Committee
. International Studies Coordinator
. Committee on Diversity and Inclusiveness
. University Senator for the College of Arts and Sciences
PHIL 331 Philosophy in Literature
PHIL 345 The Human Place in the Cosmos