Dussel’s Ethics of Liberation is out in English

cover:  Ethics of LiberationLong awaited, Philosopher of Liberation, Enrique Dussel’s key work, Ethics of Liberation is now available for the first time in English.  First published in Spanish in 1998, this text is a remarkable tour de force, integrating a number of philosophical perspectives on ethics from diverse traditions, all within an overall paradigm of ‘transmodernity’ – the idea and practice of going beyond the modern, Eurocentric model of thought and action and without discarding the ‘good bits’ correcting it with a critique from below, from the excluded, the oppressed, the marginalised of the world system.In this he gives us the philosophical underpinnings for the psychology of liberation – an approach consistent with Martín-Baró’s critical reconstruction of the discipline from the standpoint of the oppressed majority.

The contents, foreword and preface can be read here: http://enriquedussel.com/images/Etica_in.JPG
The publisher’s page for the book is here: http://www.dukeupress.edu/Ethics-of-Liberation/
(please don’t buy it from Amazon – the company avoids paying tax and uses zero hours contracts for its workers).

And by way of introduction, you can read some of my own articles that engage simultaneously with the psychology of liberation and Dussel’s approach here:

The analectic turn: critical psychology and the new political context

Introducing Dussel: the Philosophy of Liberation and a really social psychology. (with JM Flores Osorio)


Responding to contemporary crises: an ethical action framework.

This is the text of the lecture given by Mark Burton, recipient of the 2013 British Psychological Society award for promoting equality of opportunity, at the BPS Annual Conference, Harrogate, Yorkshire, 10th April, 2013.  The title is Responding to contemporary crises: an ethical action framework.  Maybe it doesn’t quite offer such a framework, but the lecture does try to explore some of the factors that make this necessary. It focuses in two contemporary crises, recent scandals in health and social welfare and the ecological crisis of climate change.  It introduces the concept of ideology-action-structure complexes and links the hegemonic ones to the overall ideology-action-structure complex of coloniality, introduced from 1492.  It contrasts professional ethical codes with the liberation ethics of Enrique Dussel and draws on Maritza Montero’s characterisation of the new liberatory and decolonising social science paradigm, adding an emphasis on the role of the public intellectual.  A more extended treatment of some of the themes can be found in the working paper: The mess we’re in.


Enrique Dussel Website is online again

This site: http://enriquedussel.com/Home_en.html  is an excellent resource for this important philosopher whose work is so relevant to liberation psychology.   The article I published with Jorge Mario Flores on the implications of his work for psychology has many references to articles and books available online on this site – with quite a lot in English.  You can follow these still, but you now need to replace “dussel.org” with “dussel.com” in the addresses.  The gateway to both Spanish and English versions of the site is at http://enriquedussel.com/   Inevitably there is a lot more available to you if you can read Spanish (and actually Dussel is a very clear writer so it’s worth the effort).

Enrique Dussel at Maya Fire Ceremenony, 2001 Liberation Psychology Congress, Guatemala City: an accidental photo.

Enrique Dussel at Maya Fire Ceremony, 2001 Liberation Psychology Congress, Guatemala City: an accidental photo.