Latin America

Inequality provoking critical thought

Authored by: Mario Solís

Routledge Handbook of Development Ethics

Print publication date:  July  2018
Online publication date:  July  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138647909
eBook ISBN: 9781315626796
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In this chapter I explore the basic content and rationale of several novel perspectives of development ethics in Latin America, many of which are not well known internationally. One of the main issues in the region is inequality, which poses significant challenges to the values of development ethics. Latin America is also the source of some novel approaches and contributions to development ethics, such as the ‘ética del buen vivir’, as well as key ideas from specific perspectives such as liberation philosophy and intercultural philosophy. These approaches and perspectives can be characterized as ‘vindicatory critical thinking’, which is one particular normative framework that best captures the rationale of the aforementioned lines of thought and helps identify what might turn out as a distinctive account of the field of development ethics.

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