Edited by John R. Welch
English-speaking philosophers are generally attuned to the German and French philosophical traditions but not to the Spanish. Why, for example, does someone with the vivid appeal of Bartolomé de Las Casas remain almost completely unknown in North America? The purpose of this anthology is to introduce the Spanish philosophical tradition to English-speaking readers.
Other Voices: Readings in Spanish Philosophy represents high points of nearly two millennia of Spanish philosophy, from first-century thinkers in Roman Hispania to those of the twentieth century. John R. Welch has selected, and in several cases translated excerpts from the works of thirteen philosophers: Seneca, Quintilian, Isidore of Seville, Ibn Rushd (Averroës), Moses Maimonides, Ramón Llull, Juan Luis Vives, Francisco de Vitoria, Bartolomé de Las Casas, Francisco Suárez, Benito Jerónimo Feijóo, Miguel de Unamuno, and José Ortega y Gasset. Welch provides for the reader a brief introduction to each historical period or philosophical movement represented and a biographical introduction to each philosopher. Of special interest are the selection from Feijóo’s “A Defense of Women” (an attack on misogyny), which has not been translated into English since the eighteenth century; the arguments on the justification of war by Vitoria and Las Casas (in the context of the Spanish conquest); and Unamuno’s celebration of the concrete over the abstract, desire over reason.
“This collection is a welcome addition to the very small number of collections of philosophy texts in English from Spain. It should be of use to students of philosophy and Spanish literature and intellectual history, and also to scholars from other disciplines who specialize in these areas of the world.” — Jorge J. E. Gracia, SUNY Buffalo
“This excellent collection breaks a silence that effectively has kept the Spanish-language voices of philosophy isolated from the dialogues that shape the field. Its broad historical sweep provides a good overview of the rich contributions made by philosophers from the Iberian peninsula . . . . This collection is a welcome addition to the growing literature on Spanish-language philosophy.” — Choice