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Writing to be Heard: Recovering the Philosophy of Luisa Capetillo

31 January 2018

Abstract

Luisa Capetillo (1829-1922) has been heralded as the first feminist writer of Puerto Rico. She authored four books and embodied her emancipatory philosophical commitments, but has received scant philosophical attention. In this paper I recover the philosophy of Capetillo as part of a Latin American and Caribbean philosophical tradition centered on radical praxis which placed sexuality at the centerfold of class politics. At the intersection between gender equity and class emancipation is the liberatory possibilities of education, which served as the key to unlearning the social norms that ensured the marginalization of working people and working women.


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