This book, winner of the 2007 Siglo XXI International Essay Prize, is unique in its approach to exile and offers remarkable insights into the subject. It discusses both human nature and the phenomenon of exile with depth and exactness from the combined perspectives of philosophy, morality, politics, anthropology, and history. After retracing the lessons learned through diverse experiences of exile from antiquity to modern times, it uses poetry as metatestimony to examine exile, subjectivity, and the many moral and political implications involved. The result is a series of thoughtprovoking connections between exile and the way we assume our lives.
Carlos Pereda, Ph.D. (Universität Konstanz) is Researcher Emeritus at the Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has published fourteen books including
An Ethics of Dispute (1994),
On Trust (2009), and
Philosophy in Mexico in the 20th Century (2013). Sean Manning, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin) is a literary translator and Lecturer of Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin. His other translations include works by Lorenzo García Vega, Eduardo Lalo, and Azahara Palomeque.
A Map for the Road
Words, Words, Words 1“Our Bones are Dried Up”—“Build Houses and Dwell in Them”
2“I Am a Foreigner in Every Land”—“In Every Land I Am at Home”
3Demands from Different Directions
4Reasons For and Against Certain Cosmopolitanisms
Testimonies and Metatestimonies 1Testimonies of Injustice
2The Difficult and Infuriating Art of Self-Interruption
Exile as Loss 1There is a Time to Be Involved and a Time to Step Away
Exile as Resistance 1There is a Time to Resist and a Time to Break with the Situation Being Resisted as Well as with Resistance Itself
Exile as a New Beginning
Words Say, Words Resonate 1Arrogant Reasoning
2Comparisons, Metaphors, Analogies, Abstractions, Perspectives… On the Varying Resonations of Some Uses of Words Like “Exile,” “Loss,” “Resistance” and “New Beginning,”
3An Usher for Loss
Nomadic Cultures and Personhood 1Cultural Storerooms
2Two Types of Practical Norms
3The Dilemma of Personhood
4Capacity for Judgment
Clarification Bibliography Index
Both specialists and university students interested in the philosophical aspects of exile in the areas of philosophy, Latin American Studies, Literature, Political Sciences, Anthropology, and History.