In this episode, Olivia speaks with Jorge Sanchez-Perez, a former post-doctoral fellow in the Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy project who is currently an assistant professor in philosophy at the University of Alberta. We discuss Jorge’s post-doctoral research on the Huarochirí manuscript, which is one of the few surviving records of indigenous Andean philosophy in the Quechua language, and talk about the metaphysical ideas Jorge has worked to uncover in the text. Jorge also offers some advice for people interested in studying indigenous philosophy in an academic context that can sometimes be hostile to indigenous methodologies and traditions.
Notes and Further Reading
Huarochirí Manuscript – available in the original Quechua and English and Spanish translations
Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala – a Quechua nobleman known for chronicling Andean culture and history from the Incan Imperial perspective
Francisco de Ávila – the “extirpator of idolatries” who commissioned the Huarochirí manuscript to help him fight against local indigenous beliefs, and in doing so inadvertently created a record of those same indigenous traditions
Inca Garcilaso de la Vega – a half-Incan, half-Spanish author known for his accounts of Inca history and culture
Vine Deloria Jr. – a twentieth-century Native American philosopher of education
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Olivia Branscum is a PhD student in Philosophy at Columbia University. She is co-producer of the ENN New Voices podcast