Unpacking My Weinstein: Border Thinking and Classical American Philosophy

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Is Michael A. Weinstein a border theorist? And, if so, does it change the way that we understand his critique of classical American philosophy? How might this reclassification illuminate, clarify, or contribute to American political philosophy? This chapter explores these questions by engaging Weinstein’s early work on Latin American and Spanish thought, arguing that to think of Weinstein only in the context of a U.S. philosophical tradition is to narrow the scope of his impact. Weinstein is not simply an American philosopher but also a philosopher of the Americas. Framed and influenced by Latin American political philosophy, his work exceeds a singular tradition. In other words, Weinstein’s philosophy exceeds American and Latin American national traditions yet finds its inspiration in both.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMichael A. Weinstein
Subtitle of host publicationAction, Contemplation, Vitalism
EditorsRobert L. Oprisko, Diane Rubenstein
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781317747611
ISBN (Print)9781138013087
StatePublished - Dec 5 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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