Nelson Maldonado-Torres



Nelson Maldonado-Torres is Co-Chair of the Frantz Fanon Foundation and President Emeritus of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (2008-2013). He is also Professor Extraordinarious at the Institute for Social and Health Sciences, University of South Africa, and Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, both in South Africa. His publications include dozens of articles and book chapters on his main research areas, which include: theories of modernity/coloniality and decoloniality, Africana philosophy, Caribbean, Latin American and Latinx philosophy, philosophy of race, philosophy of religion, philosophy of the human sciences (with particular attention to “ethnic studies” and related fields), political philosophy (with particular attention to movement-generated theory, organizing, and action), phenomenology, philosophy of psychology, and liberation ethics. He is also the author of Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity (Duke UP, 2008), and La descolonización y el giro des-colonial (Universidad de la Tierra, 2011), as well as the co-editor of Latin@s in the World-System: Decolonization Struggles in the 21stCentury U.S. Empire (Routledge, 2005), Decolonialidade e pensamento afrodiasporico (Auténtica, 2018), and Decolonial Feminism in Abya Yala: Caribbean, Meso-, and South American Contributions and Challenges (Rowman and Littlefield, 2022). 

Some representative publications available online include: “Thinking through the Decolonial Turn: Post-continental Interventions in Theory, Philosophy, and Critique,” “On the Coloniality of Being: Contributions to the Development of a Concept,” “On the Coloniality of Human Rights,” “Outline of Ten Theses on Coloniality and Decoloniality,” “Frantz Fanon and C.L.R. James on Intellectualism and Enlightened Rationality.”  

En castellano: “El Caribe, la colonialidad, y el giro decolonial,” “Transdisciplinariedad y decolonialidad.” “El giro decolonial, el Caribe, y la posibilidad de una filosofía poscontinental.” 

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