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date: 15 November 2019

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Two issues of Latin American political philosophy have attracted considerable attention. The first is controversy about human rights, prompted by the European expansions that took place during the Iberian Conquest and colonial ruling that followed, and today, by the phenomenon of contemporary globalization. The second issue concerns the identity of Latin Americans and their descendants abroad—namely, who they are as a people, and what they should be culturally and ethnically or racially. These questions have prompted Latin American philosophical theorizing since the early nineteenth-century Wars of Independence, to this day.

Keywords: human rights, ethnic identity, European expansions, Latin American positivism, globalization

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