Volume 69, 2018
Virginia Aspe Armella
A Philosophical Inquiry on Mexican Independence
An Analysis of Clavijero’s Dissertation
The article aims to prove that neither the scholastic philosophical tradition nor the modern European Enlightenment ideas influenced the Independence of Mexico. The author analyzes a third wave of thinkers that emerged at the end of the colonial period of Mexico, authors that proposed a renovation on traditional philosophy incorporating the advances of the scientific European thinkers but rejecting their naturalistic point of view. In counterpart, these authors proposed an inclusive point of view: maintaining Catholic beliefs and the innovations of science. The article analyses this perspective through Calvijero VIth’s Dissertation, where he argues on these matters.