HomeΦιλοσοφια: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 21 no. 2 (2020)

A CRITICAL REFLECTION ON MY READING AND RE-READING OF EMERITA QUITO’S THOUGHTS ON THE UNDERDEVELOPMENT AND HOPE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FILIPINO PHILOSOPHY

Feorillo Petronilo A. Demeterio III

 

Abstract:

Quito published her book The State of Philosophy in the Philippines in 1983. When the book was already out for fifteen years, I undertook a re-reading of its identified four clusters of reasons for the underdevelopment of Filipino philosophy, and hope for development in 1999, through an article “Re-Reading Emerita Quito’s Thoughts Concerning the Underdevelopment of Filipino Philosophy.” Thirty-six years after the publication of Quito’s book, and twenty years after the publication of my re-reading, this paper looks back again on Quito’s four clusters of reasons and hope, as well as on my re-reading of such reasons and hope, with the intention of sharpening our collective diagnosis on what continue to cause the underdevelopment of Filipino philosophy, as well as imagining more realistic pathways towards its more robust development. This paper, therefore, has two substantive sections: the first is an exposition of Quito’s four clusters of causes and hope, accompanied by my commentaries on such four causes and hope; and the second is my present critical reflection on Quito’s thirty-four-year-old diagnosis and hope, as well as on my twenty-year-old commentary.