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Decolonizing EpistemologiesLatina/o Theology and Philosophy$
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Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz and Eduardo Mendieta

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823241354

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823241354.001.0001

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Decolonizing Religion: Pragmatism and Latina/o Religious Experience

Decolonizing Religion: Pragmatism and Latina/o Religious Experience

(p.226) Decolonizing Religion: Pragmatism and Latina/o Religious Experience
Decolonizing Epistemologies

Christopher Tirres

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In this chapter, Christopher Tirres documents the extensive and long-established engagement by Latina/o scholars of the United States-grown philosophical tradition known as pragmatism. Tirres aims to show how both James and Dewey can provide us with some tools to engage the religious experience of Latinas/os productively and approvingly. At the same time, the Latina/o experience raises a series of challenges for pragmatism as a distinct U.S. philosophical tradition that has yet to be engaged seriously by the mainstream. Tirres argues that Latina/o reflections on the ineradicable social dimension of faith and religious practice can be a major corrective to the subjectivistic and individualistic appreciation of religion that is found in pragmatist classical thinkers, such as Dewey and James. Tirres's advocacy for a Latina/o appropriation of pragmatism is predicated on the argument that it provides epistemic tools that can be judiciously and productively used in the project of decolonizing religion as a by-product of the decolonization of epistemology.

Keywords:   Pragmatism, decolonization, Dewey, James, West

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