Thought and Social Engagement in the Mexican-american Philosophy of John H. Haddox: A Collection of Critical Appreciations
KeywordsLatin American Philosophy
Latin American aesthetics
Latin American existentialism
Latin American metaphysics
Bioethics and Medical Ethics
Ethics and Political Philosophy
Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Science and Technology Studies
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
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AbstractThis collection of essays was inspired or influenced by the seminal work of John Haddox in his 50 years working as a philosopher and activist at the University of Texas, El Paso. The book includes papers in Latin American and Mexican philosophy, philosophy and activism, and Native American thought. “Haddox’s philosophical starting point is what is local and personal, even though his conclusions are of universal significance. His work functions as an important reminder that it is a mistake to think that the philosophical issues of Latino/Hispanics or Native American are “foreign” or outside of those in the United States. These cultures have always been part of America, though they often remained dormant or at the margins. The areas of research and teaching first opened by Haddox and sustained in this book, and they promote cross-cultural understanding – something we need more and more as we continue our journey in the 2l Century. I congratulate the editors of this book for their fine contributions and commend this book for all in the field of American philosophy, in the broad but forgotten sense of that word.” – Prof. Gregory Fernando Pappas, Texas A & M University
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[February 29 2008] Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The Prison-Industrial Complex In A Nutshell - Your Money, Your 'Stuff', Or Your Freedom... Your ChoiceTravus T. Hipp - Cabale News Service (The Buffalo In Da' Midst, 2008-02-29)<strong>In The News:</strong> The U.S.S. Cole goes back into service off the coast of Lebanon, another looming Middle East hot spot. The Rethuglicans have blocked an attempt at legislative intervention in the housing crisis, and Nancy Pelosi WILL file contempt of congress charges on Harriet Miers and Josh Bolton. Buddy Miles, Drummer Extraordinaire to rocks stars worldwide, has passed. Matt Gonzales, former president of the San Francisco board of supervisors has been picked to be Ralph Nader's vice-presidential running mate. One out of every one hundred American citizens is in jail or prison... More than any other nation in the world. <b>Weâ re #1! - Record-high ratio of Americans in prison â â ¦Per capita or in raw numbers, itâ s more than any other nation.â </b> <strong>An interesting visual comparison:</strong> <a href="http://s233.photobucket.com/albums/ee241/photobastard/bigprisonpop.jpg" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee241/photobastard/bigprisonpop.jpg" border="0" alt="Record Prison Population" /></a> <strong>...AND from the CDC in regard to public health service issues:</strong> <strong>The Topography Of Genocide? Poverty In The United States - Spatial Analysis Reveals A Continental Poverty Divide</strong> <strong><img alt="topocide_cdc.gif" hspace="0" src="http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee241/photobastard/topocide_cdc.jpg" border="0" /></strong> Or more succinctly, and to the point... Poverty is where the prisons are: <a href="http://s233.photobucket.com/albums/ee241/photobastard/Topocide_2.jpg" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee241/photobastard/Topocide_2.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket" /></a> Funny how THAT happens... but this Buffalo isn't laughing. <strong>From the Author's Preface: <em>"The negative influences resulting from poverty are often exacerbated for people from racial and ethnic minorities, such as African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians, because their poverty often extends throughout their entire lifespan, thus suggesting a cumulative adverse health effect from being persistently disadvantaged (10)." (</em><a href="http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=2099276" rel="nofollow">In Full</a><em>)</em> </strong> <strong>Apparently the aforementioned influencers apply to those groupings interaction with the U.S. federal and state penal systems as well: </strong><blockquote><strong><em>"For some groups, the incarceration numbers are especially startling," the report said. "While one in 30 men between the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars, for black males in that age group the figure is one in nine."</em></strong> <strong><em>The racial disparity for women also is stark. One of every 355 white women aged 35 to 39 is behind bars, compared with one of every 100 black women in that age group.</em></strong></blockquote><blockquote><blockquote><strong>The largest percentage increase - 12 percent - was in Kentucky, where Gov. Steve Beshear highlighted the cost of corrections in his budget speech last month. He noted that the state's crime rate had increased only about 3 percent in the past 30 years, while the state's inmate population has increased by 600 percent...</strong></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote><font size="+1"><strong>Record-high ratio of Americans in prison</strong></font> <strong>By DAVID CRARY -</strong> <strong><em>AP National Writer Thursday, February 28, 2008</em> </strong> For the first time in U.S. history, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report documenting America's rank as the world's No. 1 incarcerator. It urges states to curtail corrections spending by placing fewer low-risk offenders behind bars. <b>[<a href="http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/02/28/record_high_ratio_of_americans_in_prison/" rel="nofollow">In Full</a>]</b></blockquote> <b>After the commentary: <i>Parents? Wondering how to escape your unruly spawn once and for all? Find out here, and The Toys have a simple but firm request for 'Uncle Sam', "Leave Us Pot Smokers Alone", Music and Madness (and Travus OF COURSE..) courtesy of KPIG radio, Freedom California, Earth</i></b> <center><hr width="400" noshade="noshade" size="3" /></center> "All The News You Never Knew You Needed To Know ...Until Now." Travus T. Hipp - Cabale News Service Recorded by The Buffalo In Da' Midst @ <a href="http://www.leighm.net" rel="nofollow">My Buffalo River Home</a> Courtesy of <a title="Visit Travus T. Hipp's home page" href="http://fatchance.org/travus" rel="nofollow">Cabale New Service</a> and <a title="Visit KPIG Radio, Freedom California" href="http://www.kpig.com/" rel="nofollow">KPIG Radio</a>