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Professor Vallega is a Latin American philosopher, decolonial thinker, and painter whose philosophical work occupies a space between Westernizing and non-Western thought. His philosophical writing focuses on the configuration of identities and the delimitation of knowledges out of heterogeneous pluriversal forms of being in the world, philosophical imagination, and intrinsic to these, he develops the aesthetic dimensions that underlie philosophical thought. His thinking engages and critically bring together Latin American philosophy, Philosophy of Liberation, indigenous and popular thought in Latin America, decolonial thought, Ancient Greek philosophy, world philosophies, the history of Western philosophy, and Continental philosophy (particularly, hermeneutics, phenomenology, and deconstruction.) He has also done extensive work on the relationship between philosophy and literature and philosophy and painting.

Among Professor Vallega’s publications appear: Heidegger and the Question of Space: Thinking on Exilic Grounds (Penn State Press, 1999); Sense and Finitude: Encounters at the Limit of Language, Art, and the Political (SUNY press, 2009-2010); Latin American Philosophy from Identity to Radical Exteriority (Indiana University Press, 2014); and, Tiempo y Liberación (Editorial AKAL, 2020). He is also the editor of the English edition of Enrique Dussel’s Ethics of Liberation (Duke U. Press, 2013), and coeditor (with Professor Ramón Grosfoguel) of Anti-Cartesian Meditations and Transmodernity (The Hague: AMRIT Publishers, June 2018).

Professor Vallega is editor for Latin America of the World Philosophies Series, published by Indiana University Press. He is member of the editorial board of the prestigious Continental philosophy journal Research in Phenomenology, he is also board member of Epoché: A Journal in The History of Philosophy, and is part of the comité cientifico of the Revista de Estudios Globales y Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad de Barcelona. For the last ten years he has been coordinator of the Asociación de Filosofía y Liberación (AFyL) U.S.A.. Twice he has co-directed the Collegium Phänomenologicum in Cittá di Castello, Italy, and is active member of the Board of Directors. He served as president of the North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics and is now member of the advisory board.

At the University of Oregon, Professor Vallega teaches courses from introductory levels to advanced graduate seminars on themes and figures that are part of his writing and research. He is permanent faculty member of the Decolonizing Knowledge and Power School summer school in Barcelona, Spain; and he is faculty of the Diplomatura en Filosofía de la Liberación, at the University of Jujuy, Argentina. He also teaches decolonial thought in the PhD program in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California.

Present research: A book with the working title Aesthetic Philosophies, an Introduction (Bloomsbury Press).

Courses taught this year (2021-2022) at the University of Oregon: 1. (Fall) PHIL 110- Philosophy of Human Nature, 2. (Winter) PHIL 607- Graduate Seminar on affectivity and embodiment in thought, and 3. (Spring) PHIL 342- Introduction to Latin American Philosophy.