The Linguistic Turn as a Political Act: Another Look at the Thoughts of Roque Ferriols

Franz Giuseppe Cortez
2014 Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy  
This paper explores what I would call as the "linguistic turn" of Roque Ferriols, a prominent Filipino philosophy luminary. Following Paulo Freire's notion of the non-neutrality of education, I will argue that Ferriols' linguistic turn can also be read as a political act. Even if he does not have a sustained analysis of the politics of language, there are interspersed texts showing that he is deliberately and consciously involved in the process of critique and problematization of colonial
more » ... n of colonial discourse and elitist mentality. Thus, when he is alternatively seen as a participant in a wider discourse of linguistic politics, the readers of Ferriols become more aware of the liberating motive and potential behind his choice of Filipino for philosophizing and for teaching philosophy.
doi:10.25138/8.1.a.3 fatcat:hov73cbcuveqth5iw77a3apbfq