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Ricardo Vega Leon

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student


Thompson 716


Office Hours: 

Wednesday 10-12


B.A., Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), 2017


My research is about, as well as located in, the intersections of German critical theory (Hegel, Marx and the Frankfurt School), critical theory of colonialism, universalism and the legacies of colonialism in the history of political thought. My main interests are how to think universalism as a critique of colonialism and a decolonial liberation, and the historicity of European political thought (especially German critical theory) in relation to a critical theory of colonialism.

My current main research project is an interpretation of the Frankfurt School in relation to a critical theory of colonialism. I argue that the German Critical Theorists give political-theoretical insights to critique colonialism, so that they cannot be dismissed due to their Eurocentrism but need to be creolized. I engage in this manner with Theodor Adorno's and Max Horkheimer's theory of the Enlightenment as a myth, Walter Benjamin's theory of modern, capitalist violence, and Herbert Marcuse's dialectics of the Third World and theory of one-dimensionality in the Third World. I sustain that their political theories give insights to consider Eurocentrism as a myth, colonial violence and one-dimensionality as the social reproduction of coloniality.