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Rafael Vizcaíno

Rafael Vizcaíno is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at DePaul University. His work focuses on Latin American and Caribbean philosophy, especially decolonial thought, and on theories of secularization and postsecularity. Winner of the American Philosophical Association’s Essay Prize in Latin American Thought, Rafael is currently working on two book-length manuscripts:  an account of the modern dialectics of secularization from the perspective of Latin American and Caribbean thought, and an outline of a postsecular/decolonial philosophy of religion. Rafael’s publications can be found in the anthology Decolonising the University, and the journals Radical Philosophy Review, The CLR James Journal, and Political Theology. Forthcoming work is scheduled to appear in the journals Philosophy and Global Affairs, Comparative and Continental Philosophy, The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, and TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World.


Between the Decolonial and the Postcolonial: An Interview with Mahmood Mamdani

Mamdani’s latest book defends the promise of decolonization against the ongoing nationalist violence of modernity. Rafael Vizcaíno sits with the renowned Ugandan intellectual to discuss postcolonial and decolonial scholarship, the reform-revolution debate, anti-racism, and the example of South Africa.

Enrique Dussel

Rafael Vizcaíno offers a biographical introduction to the philosophical work of Enrique Dussel, a major figure of the decolonial turn. Separate from his theology, Dussel’s philosophy of liberation offers crucial reflections for contemporary political theology.

Pussy Riot and the Church

This piece is from the Political Theology Network archives originally posted on August 23, 2012.

In Memoriam:                                                                      Metropolitan John D. Zizioulas and the Journey of Theology Toward the Future

The prominent Eastern Orthodox theologian Metropolitan John D. Zizioulas of Pergamon (Ecumenical Patriarchate) passed in Athens, on February 2, 2023.


From Myanmar to Mariupol, from the streets of Memphis to the waves and winds of the Mediterranean Sea: resistance to violence takes many forms. So does political protest against precarity. At which point does the unavoidable vulnerability of the living condition come to expression as political agency? Can such precarious politics constitute or configure an alternative community?