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Rafael Vizcaíno

  • Assistant Professor and Director of Teaching Practicum
  • ​​PhD
  • Philosophy
  • Faculty
  • 773/325-7265
  • 2352 N. Clifton, Suite 150, Office 5

PhD, Rutgers University


Rafael was educated at Rutgers University – New Brunswick and at Northwestern University. His work focuses on Latin American and Caribbean philosophy, especially decolonial thought, and on the intersection between religion, politics, and secularization.

His current project, tentatively titled Decolonizing the Postsecular, brings debates on epistemic decolonization to bear on theories of secularization and postsecularity as developed by figures such as Jürgen Habermas and Charles Taylor. It traces the relationship between secularism and colonization and offers an account of the modern dialectics of secularization from the perspective of Latin American and Caribbean decolonial thought. As a project parallel to Decolonizing the Postsecular​, Rafael has edited a special issue of The CLR James Journal titled "Decolonizing Spiritualities," that explores the relevance of spirituality to decolonization.​​ His publications appear in the anthology Decolonising the University, the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy (*Winner of the American Philosophical Association’s 2020 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought*), and the following journals: The Journal of Speculative PhilosophyJournal of World Philosophies, Comparative and Continental Philosophy, TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic WorldThe CLR James Journal, ​ Political Theology, Philosophy and Global Affairs, Radical Philosophy Review, and LÁPIZ. 

Rafael is on the advisory boards for DePaul’s Honors Program and DePaul’s Center for Religion, Culture and Community.

Recent news about Rafael:

  • Hispanic Theological Initiative Open Plaza podcast interview: English, Castellaño.
  • DePaul Newsline faculty spotlight.
  • Contribution to DePaul’s Courageous Dialogue Series.
  • American Philosophical Association’s news release about receiving the 2020 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought.

For more information, visit his website.


CV Rafael Vizcaino 2022