José Vasconcelos's "La Raza Cosmica"


José Vasconcelos’s, La Raza Cosmica, published in 1925, “La raza cósmica” (The Cosmic Race) is an essay written by Mexican philosopher, secretary of education, and 1929 presidential candidate José Vasconcelos to express the ideology of a future “fifth race” in the Americas; an agglomeration of all the races in the world with no respect to color or number to erect a new civilization: Universópolis. Claiming that Social Darwinism and racialist ideologies are only created to validate, explain, and justify ethnic superiority and to repress others, Vasconcelos attempts to refute these theories and goes on to recognize his words as being an ideological effort to improve the cultural morale of a “depressed race” by offering his optimistic theory of the future development of a cosmic race. Presented by the Philosophy Club.

This event will be held on Oct. 3 in LAC, T-2313 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.