Omar Rivera F'18

Omar  Rivera
Associate Professor
Philosophy
Southwestern University
last updated: 8/19/2019

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars 2018
Associate Professor
Philosophy
Southwestern University
Stonelight: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, and Architecture from Nuestra América
In residence at Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas, Austin

This manuscript is an intercultural philosophical analysis of conceptions of space in the European and Andean philosophical traditions, which studies Andean space in relation to the Quechua concept of “Pacha.” It uncovers a lineage of Andean indigenous space-based knowledge and memory expressed aesthetically, from pre-Columbian Inca stone architecture, through colonial paintings and rituals, and continuing in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Andean photography and landscape painting. This lineage manifests a conception of space that is organized according to elemental orders—earth, light, and water in particular—that underlies social forms, and is not human centered. This aesthetic analysis includes a critical dialogue with Martin Heidegger’s and Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological conceptions of space and with current work on the aesthetics of liberation from Latin America.