Ph.D. New School for Social Research, 1996
Harriman Hall 209
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750
Tel: (631) 632-7585
Areas of Specialization
Global ethics, discourse ethics, critical theory (in particular Karl-Otto Apel and Jürgen Habermas), theories of modernity, postmodernity, postcolonialism, and Latin American philosophy.
Eduardo Mendieta was born in Colombia, but was raised in the United States. He has received degrees from Rutgers University, Union Theological Seminary and the New School. He also studied in Germany, at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, where he worked with Jürgen Habermas. He has edited and translated from Spanish the works of one of Latin America's most important living philosophers--Enrique Dussel. He has also edited and translated from the German work of the innovative philosopher Karl-Otto Apel. Over the last decade he has edited about a dozen books dealing with the Frankfurt School, contemporary Latin American philosophy, and issues relating to religion, globalization, and global justice. His most recent book is entitled Global Fragments: Globalizations, Latin Americanisms, and Critical Theory (SUNY, 2007), and is presently finishing another book on philosophy and war entitled Philosophy's War: Nomos, Topos, Polemos. He has served on the editorial boards of City, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Constellations, and Sophia. He was the executive editor of Radical Philosophy Review until 2007, and founding member of the American Philosophical Association Newsletter of Hispanics in Philosophy. Most recently he published a collection of political interviews with Richard Rorty entitled Take Care of Freedom, and Truth Will take Care of itself (Stanford University Press, 2006), as well as book of interviews with radical philosopher and prison activist Angela Y. Davis dealing with Abu Ghraib, mass incarceration in the United States, and torture as a weapon of the state, entitled Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Torture and War (Seven Stories Press, 2006). Prof. Mendieta has also been working on what he likes to call "philosophical animals." At the center of this recent project are two simple questions: can we ever divorce the question of the human from the question of the animals, and can philosophy not invent its own 'philosophical animals' in order to answer the prior question? Mendieta claims that 'the metaphorics of humanity is entwined with the metaphorics of animality.' In this project, however, Prof. Mendieta aims to complicate this picture by introducing the issue of biotechnology and genomics: does not the future of transgenic organisms, both vegetable and animal, make all too evident what has already being at play in the history of nature: namely a swapping and sharing of genes that have allowed us to co-evolve as 'genomic companion species.' So along with customary bestiaries that accompany philosophical investigations about the nature of the human, we have now to consider the already well-populated transgenic zoos of biotechnological chimeras of the genomic age.
- Claudio Carvalhaes' interview with Prof. Mendieta for Pamphletarian Theology: Postcolonialism
- Luciano Gallas' interview with Prof. Mendieta for IHU: A pós-colonialidade potencializa a democracia
- Interview with Prof. Mendieta on the NewAPPS Blog
- Interview in Spanish with Prof. Mendieta at the Colombian National Congress of Philosophy, conducted by Martín J. Urquijo
- Review of Up Against the Wall: Re-Imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border
- Review of Logica. Lecciones de Martin Heidegger - Summer of 1934
- Making Hombres: Fuerte, Feo, Formal, on Latino Masculinities
- The Sophistic Effect: On Peter Carravetta's The Elusive Hermes
- Manifestos and Metaphysics: Vattimo and Zabala's Hermeneutic Communism
- La literarura del urbicidio: Friedrich, Nossack, Sebald y Vonnegut [PDF]
- "Chronotopology-Critique of Spatiotemporal Regimes" [PDF]
- Review of Pauline Kleingeld's book Kant and Cosmopolitanism: The Philosophical Ideal of World Citizenship
- "The Passions of Equations: On Robert P. Crease's The Great Equations" [PDF]
- "The Unfinished Constitution: the Education of the Supreme Court" [PDF]
- "'Hacer Vivier y Morir': Foucault y la Genealogia del Racismo" [PDF]
- "Citizenship and Trust: Political Friendship and Solidarity" [PDF]
- "'To make live and to let die' -- Foucault on Racism" [PDF]
- "The 'Clash of Civilizations' and the Just War Tradition" [PDF]
- "Surviving American Culture: On Chuck Palahniuk" [PDF]
- "Religión y Racismo en Lantinoamérica" [PDF]
Transatlantic Collegium Workshop
“The Big Picture: Philosophy After the Apollo Missions”
"Violence and Hyperbole: From the Death Penalty Seminar to the 'Cogito' Essay"
"How to Perform a Democracy: A Genealogy of the Bare Voice"
"The Policing of Self and Others: Foucault, Political Reason & a Critical Ontology of Police"