Creator: Vasconcelos, José×
  • [On several occasions, I have proposed this law of personal taste as the basis of all human...]
    Vasconcelos, José
    This excerpt from the first chapter of José Vasconcelos’s 1925 book, La raza cósmica, outlines his vision for what he calls “the cosmic race”: a comprehensive, final stage of humanity that would envelope all races in order to build a new [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1077552

  • Carta a la juventud de Colombia; Dirigida a Germán Arciniegas
    Vasconcelos, José
    In this letter, José Vasconcelos calls upon the youth of Colombia to lead the way in the triumph of a new, unified, utopian America. Drawing as usual on both the rhetoric of science and mysticism, Vasconcelos explains how the united America of the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 1053099

  • El asunto
    Vasconcelos, José
    In two chapters from his book Indología, José Vasconcelos outlines his concept of a culturally and politically unified Latin America, discussing how Latin America’s internal conflicts and its disagreements with the United States could be resolved [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 832563

  • Escultura y pintura
    Vasconcelos, José
    This article explains that only fools think culture is improvised. This is why the reconstruction plan proposed by the Secretaria de Educación Pública (SEP) [Ministry of Public Education] was based on the past with an eye on the future. The [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 821948

  • Hispanoamericanismo y panamericanismo
    Vasconcelos, José
    In this text, José Vasconcelos describes how since the mid-nineteenth-century forces of “panamericanismo” have generally caused Mexico and Hispanic America to incrementally suffer the loss of cultural and economic independence. His argument [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 832583

  • Invitación a los intelectuales y maestros para que se inscriban como misioneros
    Vasconcelos, José
    José Vasconcelos calls upon Mexican intellectuals to travel to the backlands to share the hardships of the poor in order to learn from the experience. His challenge extends to young and cultured teachers, writers, poets and artists. Vasconcelos also [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 734623

  • La Confederación Reg. Obrera aboga por el Lic. Toledano : pero el Secretario de Educación no está dispuesto a revocar el acuerdo que tomó contra el Director de la Preparatoria
    Vasconcelos, José
    The Confederación Regional Obrera [Regional Workers Confederation] became involved in the dismissal of Vicente [Lombardo] Toledano, who was at that time Director of the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria [National Preparatory School] and a member of the [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 788609

  • Los caracteres del progreso
    Vasconcelos, José
    In this broad essay, the educationist and philosopher José Vasconcelos reflects upon the concept of “progreso” [progress]. He asks himself what progress really is and thus provides various answers, in accordance with the times. For him, progress [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 739087

  • Los pintores y la arquitectura
    Vasconcelos, José
    José Vasconcelos, the Minister of Public Education, discusses why he did not take advantage of architects or engineers for projects such as El Estadio [The Stadium] or La Escuela Benito Juárez, a model for schools not just in Mexico, albeit [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 755323

  • Nueva ley de los tres estados
    Vasconcelos, José
    In this long article, José Vasconcelos explains his theory of nationalism, patriotism, and Americanism. In sum, he outlines the law of the three stages, taking only its name from Auguste Comte. The first stage is the “materialist period” in [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 755378

  • Prólogo
    Vasconcelos, José
    This essay, which was published in Madrid in 1925, discusses the concept of the “fifth race” in the Americas, the “melting pot” result of the blending or miscegenation of every race in the world (without distinction) to create a new [...]
    ICAA Record ID: 776251