Francisco Miró Quesada Cantuarias (1918-2019)

Francisco Miró Quesada Cantuarias, professor emeritus at the University of San Marcos, by some accounts Peru’s “leading philosopher” and one of the most important Latin American philosophers of the 20th Century, died earlier this week.

Apart from the University of San Marcos (which is also where he earned his Ph.D.), Miró Quesada held academic appointments at Cayetano Heredia University, Lima University, and Ricardo Palma University. He had broad philosophical interests, but was most known for his work in philosophical anthropology (particularly human reason), Latin American philosophy, logic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of law. He’s credited with introducing analytic philosophy to Peru, coined the term “paraconsistent logic,” and was the first person from the Americas elected president of the International Federation of Philosophy Societies (1993-1998).

Apart from his scholarly work, Miró Quesada served as the Minister of Public Education in Peru and then as Peru’s ambassador to France in the 1960s. He also worked as a journalist, creating a literary supplement called El Dominical for the newspaper,El Comercio, and serving as the journalistic director of El Comercio in the 2000’s. In 2008 he was awarded the Medal of Honor of the Congress of the Republic in the degree of Grand Officer, by the Peruvian Government, “for his outstanding philosophical work, journalism, political thought and scientific dissemination.”

In Realism with a Human Face, Hilary Putnam writes: “A few years ago I visited Peru and got to know a fine philosopher there, Francisco Miró Quesada.  Miró Quesada has been an idealist all his life, while being, at the same time, a man of great experience… I found him a man who represents the social democratic vision in its purest form.”

He was 100 years old.

(via Sergio A. Gallegos Ordorica)

Image from a conference program celebrating on Miro Quesada on the occasion of his 100th birthday.

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