Jorge Sanchez Perez, PhD, MSc, MA, LLB
Pronouns: he, him, his
Area of Study / Keywords
Social Epistemology Legal and Political Philosophy Indigenous Philosophy Latin American Philosophy.
I am originally from Peru. I did my LLB at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and my first master’s degree in philosophy at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, both in Lima, Peru. I then obtained a Master of Science in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. I conducted my doctoral studies at McMaster University in Canada. Before coming to the U o A in 2022, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy project. My fellowship took place at the Department of Philosophy at Simon Fraser University, where I was also appointed as a lecturer with a focus on Indigenous philosophy.
My area of research lies at the intersection of Social Epistemology, Legal and Political Philosophy, Indigenous Philosophy, and Latin American Philosophy. My primary focus is to address methodological and theoretical concerns that arise when Indigenous philosophical views are considered a meaningful subject of inquiry within academic philosophy. My current research aims to reconstruct Indigenous Andean philosophical views from the late 16th-century Huarochrí Manuscript. This effort leads me to engage with different questions, including the possible tension between the conceptualization of Indigenous philosophy from the Americas and Latin American philosophy. I am also interested in issues of race beyond the dominant debates focused on categories grounded on the US experience of race. My final research interests are the contemporary debate about legal pluralism and the nature of law. My next project will be the development of a global theory of justice that properly engages with Indigenous philosophical views from around the globe.
This fall I will be teaching the PHIL 368 class Indigenous Perspectives on Global Justice. The goal of that class is to show possible tensions between contemporary debates about global justice and Indigenous views from different parts of the world. I will also be teaching an introductory course on Epistemology. Unlike most courses of its kind, the class will not solely be focused on formal epistemology. Students will be presented with questions about positionality of knowledge, testimony, Indigenous epistemologies, etc.
During the winter semester, I will teach an advanced seminar on Social Epistemology. We will be discussing the topics of group beliefs using Jennifer Lackey’s book The Epistemology of Groups (OUP 2021).
A study of such central topics in the theory of knowledge as truth and rationality, skepticism and the limits of knowledge, relativism and the objectivity of knowledge, the role of perception, memory and reason as sources of knowledge.
A survey of issues in contemporary political philosophy with attention to liberalism and communitarianism, sovereignty, feminism, entitlement and distribution, and global justice.
An investigation of the nature of law and of law's relationship to other systems of norms.
Prerequisite: At least *6 in PHIL, *3 of which must be at the 200-level, or consent of Department.