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Latin American Perspectives on Global Development

Although as a vast subcontinent, Latin America reflects diverse perspectives of life, senses of identity, cultural and spiritual outlooks, its constituting countries share a specific history of resistance against the prevalent patterns of global development. However, Latin America presents newer accounts of development understood as genuine views on human well-being derived from a sense of its own specific identity. In an emerging renaissance emphasizing human flourishing as the ultimate goal, Latin America is shifting gears towards an ethical perspective on global development. Distinct here is an emphasis on philosophy, theology, literature, arts, music, and cinema as fertile terrains depicting how the subcontinent must draw its own unique picture of development. Today, it is undergoing a diverse cultural, philosophical and spiritual growth, and holds exciting potential to be aligned with, and contribute to, the contemporary debates around the ethics of global development.

This book discusses Latin American perspectives against the backdrop of the mainstream view of development, which portrays economic growth as development. It also looks at historical context, cultural diversity, cultural richness and the complex philosophy of life in the Latin American perspective to address the subcontinent’s deep cultural heritage, the depiction of its identity, and its philosophy of life. Additionally, this book discusses how the causes of inequality and malaises such as social crime can be eliminated, and more importantly, how the prosperity and economic, social, and human development of the subcontinent (and the world in general) may be improved.


Mahmoud Masaeli is Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He holds a PhD in Political Science. His areas of research and teaching interest include globalization and global ethics, global justice theories, theories of international development, hermeneutics of selfhood, and modern political philosophy, among others. He is also the founding president and CEO of Alternative Perspectives and Global Concerns (ap-gc.net). He has published Spirituality and Global Ethics (2017), Root Causes of Terrorism: A Religious Studies Perspective (2017), and Globality, Unequal Development and Ethics of Duty (2016).

Germán Bula is Professor at Universidad de la Salle, Colombia. He holds a PhD degree in Education from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Colombia, and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. His publications include Ruedas Dentadas (2003), Alteridad y Pertenencia: lectura ecocrítica de María y La Vorágine (2009); Cibercultura, capitalismo cognitivo y educación (2015), Paranoia: emociones públicas y universidad (2016), and Spinoza: Educación para el cambio.

Samuel Ernest Harrington holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Leiden University, Netherlands. He is a member of the International Advisory Board (United Kingdom Representative) for Alternative Perspectives and Global Concerns and their Official Editor. His research interests centre on the relation between politics, ethics and ontology.

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ISBN: 1-5275-1387-4

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-1387-7

Release Date: 4th September 2018

Pages: 376

Price: £64.99

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