Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Ethics, Overview

  • Jorge Mario Flores Osorio
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_583


This article describes the ethics proposed by Enrique Dussel, which began in the 1970s, when a group of Argentine philosophers postulated the need for a philosophy developed from the context of oppression and exclusion of large sectors of society in Latin American and providing a criticism of European philosophical thought. This perspective is the result of several years of discussion with thinkers such as Karl Otto Apel and Jürgen Habermas with regard to the ethics of speech versus the ethics of liberation and influenced by philosophers such as Emanuel Levinas. Also Latin American concepts such as the theory of dependence, Friere’s pedagogy of the oppressed and liberation theology are considered. In addition, Cartesian thinking is criticized.

The second part presents the methodology of liberation ethics, which, in contrast with the Hegelian dialectic, is represented by the philosophizing methods of Dussel and Scanone. This method takes as reference externality and “the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyAutonomous University of MorelosCuernavacaMexico