Practical Holism and Nomadic Thought invites us to think of societies as organizations built with moral, legal, political, and economic materials that interact in dynamic, and often simultaneous, ways. According to this view, which Carlos Pereda calls “practical holism,” our practical life is constantly motivated by many different kinds of values that often conflict with one another. This book examines how practical normativity, guiding how we behave from seemingly trivial interactions to the deepest existential dilemmas, is crossed by tensions. Pereda argues that only nomadic thought—willing to transgress received conceptual distinctions or groupings—is capable of capturing those many interactions. No qualitative or quantitative typology is indisputable; leaving behind hitherto well-established pathways is not impossible. At its best, nomadic thought considers all of these as proposals worth pondering and discussing, to be approved or rejected, always in a provisional form.
Carlos Pereda is professor emeritus at the Institute of Philosophical Investigations, National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Introduction: Warnings for the Winding Road Ahead
Chapter 1: Learn to Know How to Let Go
Chapter 2: “I Am Myself Plus My Circumstance”
Chapter 3: Other Complementary Postulates
Chapter 4: Learn to Know How to Begin Anew
This daring, captivating book is a wonderful introduction to the original mind and intellectual force of Carlos Pereda—one of the foremost philosophers in Latin America. With a gradual unfolding of a wholly novel philosophical vocabulary, Pereda offers a methodology for analyzing and responding to our challenging political and social realities, as well as practical principles for liberation, resistance, and renewal.