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Alejandro Vallega

Professor of Philosophy
Committee on Diversity & Inclusiveness
German & Scandinavian, Philosophy
Office: 248 Susan Campbell Hall
Office Hours: Wednesday 2:30-4:30
Research Interests: Decolonial epistemology. Continental Philosophy (Deconstruction, Phenomenology, and Hermeneutics); Latin American Thought; Ancient Greek Philosophy. Aesthetic Philosophy. World philosophies.



Professor Vallega works in Continental philosophy and Decolonial Thought. He has published books on Heidegger and space and on the aesthetic dimensions of philosophical thought. His work on phenomenology, hermeneutics, and art include writings on  Andean thought, classical Chinese Painting, impressionism, Paul Klee, as well as on the contemporary artists Alfredo Jaar, Cao Jun, and Anselm Kiefer. Some of his main influences are Plato, Heidegger, Gadamer, Derrida, Merleau-Ponty, and Benjamin. He is also the editor of a special issue of Epoché on Giorgio Agamben. He was president of The North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics and twice he has co-directed the Collegium Phänomenologicum in Cittá di Castello, Italy. He also has done extensive work in Ancient Greek thought, particularly Plato.

In terms of his work on Latin American and decolonial thought, he is Faculty Research Fellow of the Center for Gender and Africa Studies of The University of the Free State, Souhth AFrica. He the author of Tiempo y Liberación (Time and Liberation) (AKAL 2020) and  Latin American Philosophy: from Identity to Radical Exterior, (Indiana 2015-16). He also is the editor and co-translator of the English translation of Enrique Dussel’s Ethics of Liberation. His work engages the history of Latin American philosophy, philosophy of liberation, popular and indigenous Latin American thought, and decolonial philosophy, in particular Enrique Dussel, Aníbal Quijano, Rodolfo Kusch, Maria Lugones, Gloria Anzaldúa, Édouard Glissant, and Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui. He is faculty of the Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues, Barcelona, Spain.

Professor Vallega is currently working on several projects that explore such issues as the coloniality of time, the aisthetic pre-reflexive ground for rational conceptual thought, thinkig through and  beyond decolonial epistemologies, and the force of imaginaries as grounding pre-reflexive understanding that orients rational consciousness, pol;itical ideologies, and normative projects and their critique. Vallega's work aim towards philosophy beyond the modern binary between the European and its "other" and other such epistemic binary determinations of identities. A question at the center of his work is whether we may think existing through pluriversal relational ecological imaginaries.