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    The Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Stoicism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Existentialism
    with Edward Murguia
    Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies 15 (1): 39-52. 2015.
    In this study, we examine the philosophical bases of one of the leading clinical psychological methods of therapy for anxiety, anger, and depression, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We trace this method back to its philosophical roots in the Stoic, Buddhist, Taoist, and Existentialist philosophical traditions. We start by discussing the tenets of CBT, and then we expand on the philosophical traditions that ground this approach. Given that CBT has had a clinically measured positive effect …Read more
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    U.S. Border Wall: A Poggean Analysis of Illegal Immigration
    Philosophy in the Contemporary World 17 (1): 1-12. 2010.
    Drawing on the work of John Rawls and Thomas Pogge, I argue that the U.S. is in part responsible for the immigration of Mexicans and Central Americans into the U.S. By seeking to further its national interests through its foreign policies, the U.S. has created economic and politically oppressive conditions that Mexican and Central American people seek to escape. The significance of this project is to highlight the role of the U.S. in illegal immigration so that we may first acknowledge our respo…Read more
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    Mariategui's Myth
    The American Philosophical Association, APA Newsletter on Hispanic and Latino Issues in Philosophy 13 (1): 18-22. 2013.
    One of the best-known aspects of José Carlos Mariátegui’s philosophy is his concept of a revolutionary myth. What does this revolutionary myth entail, how and why did Mariátegui develop this idea? The following article situates Mariátegui’s thought in both the historical and intellectual context of the 1920’s in order to answer these questions. This is relevant because Mariátegui’s philosophy and his revolutionary myth have influenced several Latin American revolutionaries such as Ernesto Che…Read more
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    Mexican Immigration Scenarios based on the South African Experience of ending Apartheid
    with Edward Murguia
    Societies Without Borders 3 (2): 209-227. 2008.
    How can we ameliorate the current immigration policies toward Mexican people immigrating to the United States? This study re-examines how the development of scenarios assisted South Africa to dismantle apartheid without engaging in a bloody civil war. Following the scenario approach, we articulate positions taken by different interest groups involved in the debate concerning immigration from Mexico. Next, we formulate a set of scenarios which are evaluated as to how well each contributes to the …Read more
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    Portraits of Luis Villoro
    with Guillermo Hurtado
    The American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Hispanic/ Latino Issues in Philosophy 15 (1): 24-27. 2015.
    Kim Diaz's translation of Guillermo Hurtado's "Retratos de Luis Villoro"
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    Subtractive schooling is a type of pedagogy that subtracts from the student aspects of her identity in order to assimilate and reshape her identity to fit the American mainstream. Here, I question the value of assimilation as it takes place in our public school systems. Currently, immigrant children are often made to feel inadequate for being culturally different. This is detrimental to their development as students given that at their young age they do not yet have the emotional maturity to …Read more
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    In his book Loving Immigrants in America: An Experiential Philosophy of Personal Interaction, Daniel Campos shares a refreshing sentiment: "I cannot argue others into understanding my experience; I can only convey and reflect upon it, so that a critical dialogue can ensue". Campos's first-person narrative is intimate, vulnerable, and honest. Over fifteen chapters, Campos writes about his experience as an immigrant in the United States and memories of growing up in Costa Rica.Campos shares with u…Read more
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    Paulo Freire
    Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2018.
    Paulo Freire Paulo Freire was one of the most influential philosophers of education of the twentieth century. He worked wholeheartedly to help people both through his philosophy and his practice of critical pedagogy. A native of Brazil, Freire's goal was to eradicate illiteracy among people from previously colonized countries and continents. His insights were … Continue reading Paulo Freire →
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    In the conclusion to “A World of Pure Experience”, William James writes, “experience grows by its edges.” I explore what this may mean vis-à-vis Chicanx culture and Spanglish to argue that Chicanxs are neither a bastardization of Anglo or Mexican people and culture, nor is Spanglish a bastardization of English or Español, and that in some ways Chicanxs feel their Mexicanidad more palpably than Mexicans who live in the interior of Mexico, where one’s Mexicanidad is not a predominant identifier. I…Read more