Featured Philosopher: Manuel Vargas


USF Law_Ries©2015_3207 copy.jpgManuel R. Vargas is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego, and (through the Spring 2017) Professor of Philosophy and Law at the University of San Francisco. Sometimes, he writes about the moral, psychological, and legal issues concerning human agency and freedom. He also writes about issues within Latin American and Latinx philosophy. His book, Building Better Beings: A Theory of Moral Responsibility won the APA Book Prize in 2015. He was also a winner of the inaugural APA Prize in Latin American Thought.

If Anglo-American philosophy is so great, where is its Las Casas?

Manuel R. Vargas

Many of my philosophical friends are puzzled by my interest in Anglo-American philosophy. In occasional moments of conspiratorial earnestness, they ask me why I spend my time studying issues within a tradition that has produced no Platos, no Descartes, no Las Casases, no Sor Juanas, no Villoros? If Anglophone…

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Il mio femminismo è antifascista

Al di là del Buco

antifaIl mio femminismo è antifascista:

  • Perché non sto con Dio né con la patria e non mi lascio intrappolare da un anacronistico concetto di famiglia.
  • Perché non credo nei ruoli distanti e divisi, perché il genere è una costruzione culturale e non potrai imprigionarmi nella riproduzione e nella cura solo perché sono una donna.
  • Perché credo che un uomo non debba necessariamente essere un eroe machista, guerrafondaio e violento. Perché ho stima negli uomini, più di quanta ne abbiano i fascisti stessi.
  • Perché non sono madre, moglie, figlia, ma solo persona.
  • Perché non sei padre, marito, figlio, ma solo persona.
  • Perché la sacralità del materno mi infastidisce tanto quanto quella del paterno. Non tutte le donne sono madri o vogliono restare incollate ai figli e non tutti gli uomini sono distanti e vogliono non avere a che fare con i figli. Perché per essere genitori non bisogna essere necessariamente etero…

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“Home” Does Not Equal “Citizenship”

Association for Political and Legal Anthropology

Belonging in the Age of the Travel Ban

By Sara Shneiderman*


screen-shot-2017-02-21-at-9-45-29-pm “POLAND. 1948. Tereszka, a child in a residence for disturbed children. She drew a picture of ‘home’ on the blackboard.” © David Seymour/Magnum Photos. Published with permission. Original caption.

Where is home? For any of us? What does it mean to belong?

Since the executive order on immigration was signed, I’ve been haunted by a photograph taken by my great uncle David Seymour “Chim” in a Warsaw orphanage in 1948. In it, Tereszka, a displaced child, draws a picture of “home.”  Tereszka’s eyes have been with me since I can remember, a reminder of the lucky circumstances of history that enabled my grandparents to build a new home in the US after arriving as Jewish refugees from Poland…

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PASIGHAT-The land of rising sun


  Following four folktales deal with the theme of creation of the world. These stories show the belief of some tribes of Arunachal in this phenomenon. Each folktale belongs to one specific tribe.The name of the concerned tribe along with the name of the Frontier Division to which it belongs has been given in the form of the title of each story. These stories are taken from the book “MYTHS OF THE NORTH-EAST FRONTIER OF INDIA” authored by the renowned anthropologist Dr. Verrier Elwin, first published in the year 1958. It may be noted that the Frontier Divisions mentioned in the book are now known as districts.



(A) APA TANI – Reru Subansiri


At first Kujum-Chantu, the earth, was like a human being ; she had a head, and arms and legs, and an enormous fat belly. The original human beings lived on the surface of…

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Clockwork (Based on a true experience)

«We desire to be, we are terrified by not being, and we make up pleasant fairytales in which everything that we wish for comes true. The unknown purpose awaiting us, the eternal soul, Heaven, immortality, God, reincarnation – these are all illusions, ways to sugar-coat and mitigate our mortality.»

Sigmund Freud, as paraphrased by psychiatrist Irvin Yalom.

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