Tensions and Challenges of Intellectual History in Contemporary Latin America

in Contributions to the History of Concepts
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  • 1 El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico rbrena@colmex.mx
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Abstract

This article provides an overview of some prominent aspects of intellectual history as practiced today in Latin America, especially regarding conceptual history. It delves into the way this methodology arrived to the region not long ago and discusses the way some of its practitioners combine it with the history of political languages, often ignoring the profound differences between both approaches. Therefore, the text stresses some of the most significant contrasts between them. In its last part, the article is critical of the purported “globality” of global intellectual history, an issue that is inextricably linked with the pervasive use of the English language in the field. Throughout, the text poses several of the challenges that lie ahead for intellectual history in Latin America.

Contributor Notes

Roberto Breña is professor and researcher in the Centre for International Studies at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. E-mail: rbrena@colmex.mx