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Jorge J. E. Gracia holds the Samuel P. Capen Chair in Philosophy and is State University of New York Distinguished Professor. He was educated in Cuba, the United States, Canada, and Spain. His PhD is from Toronto and he holds American and Canadian citizenships. He was born in 1942, in Cuba. Gracia is the author of twenty books: La Interpretacion de La Literatura, el Arte y la Filosofia (forthcoming in 2016), (with others) Debatin Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Identity: Jorge J. E. Gracia and His Critics (2015), (with Ilan Stavans) Thirteen Ways of Looking at Latino Art (2014), Painting Borges: Philosophy Interpreting Art Interpreting Literature (2012), Images of Thought: Carlos Estevez's Art 2009), Latinos in America: Philosophy and Social Identity 2008), Surviving Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality: A Challenge for the Twenty-First Century (2005), Old Wine in New Skins: The Role of Tradition in Communication, Knowledge, and Group Identity (2003), ¿Qué son las categorías? (2002), How Can We Know What God Means? The Interpretation of Revelation (2001), Hispanic/Latino Identity: A Philosophical Perspective (2000), Metaphysics and Its Task: The Search for the Categorial Foundations of Knowledge (1999), Filosofía hispánica (1998), Texts: Ontological Status, Identity, Author, Audience (1996), A Theory of Textuality: The Logic and Epistemology (1995), Philosophy and Its History: Issues in Philosophical Historiography (1992), Individuality: An Essay on the Foundations of Metaphysics (1988), Introduction to the Problem of Individuation in the Early Middle Ages (1984, 1986), The Metaphysics of Good and Evil According to Suarez (1989), and Suarez on Individuation (1982)–and over 250 articles published in the US, Europe, Latin America, and China. Gracia has edited more than two dozen volumes in subjects such as metaphysics, hermeneutics, medieval and Latin American philosophy, ethnic and racial issues, and philosophy of religion. He has been president of the Metaphysical Society of America, Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Society for Iberian and Latin American Thought, International Federation of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and American Catholic Philosophical Association. He was the first Chair of the APA Committee for Hispanics in Philosophy and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Eastern Division of the APA and Chair of the Program Committee. He chaired the Department of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo from 1980-1986. He sits on the boards of more than a dozen philosophy journals and edits an interdisciplinary series on Iberian and Latin American culture and thought. He has received several fellowships, including an NEH Research Fellowship, and has directed an NEH Summer Institute and an NEH Summer Seminar. He is currently working on a book entitled Categories, and is in the process of editing others dealing with philosophy and popular culture, and identity in art, literature, and philosophy. Among special honors are the Findlay Prize for Individuality and the Aquinas Medal from the American Catholic Philosophical Association. In addition, apart from the many articles published about his work, a volume dealing with his metaphysical views and two dealing respectaly with race and ethnicity and Latino issues have appeared.


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