Leopoldo Zea Aguilar

Leopoldo Zea Aguilar (* June 30, 1912 in Mexico City; † June 8, 2004 ) was a Mexican philosopher.


Zea was a professor of philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he founded the school in 1966 for Latin American Studies. He was known as a connoisseur of Latin American positivism and addressed in numerous books about the cultural and historical identity of the continent. For his work he was awarded among others the National Prize for Arts and Sciences (1980 ), the Premio Gabriela Mistral and the Medalla del Senado de la Belisario Domínguez República ( 2000).

Writings (selection )

In German appeared from him:

  • Signals from the sidelines: a Latin American philosophy of history. Munich: Eberhard, 1989 ISBN 3-926777-03-6.
  • Why Latin America? Aachen: Verlag der Augustinus bookstore, 1994, ISBN 3-86073 X -265.
  • At the end of the 20th century: a lost century? Aachen: Verlag der Augustinus bookstore, ISBN 3-86073-367-2, 1997.