Sanchez, Carlos Alberto

Sanchez, Carlos Alberto

  • Full Professor of Philosophy
  • President's Scholar, 2018
  • Advisor for the Graduate Program in Philosophy 
  • Chair of the Committee on Hispanics for the American Philosophical Association 




Preferred: (408) 924-7581

Office Hours

For Fall 2020: online; email for appointment.


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  1. Emilio Uranga's Analysis of Mexican Being: Translation and Critical Introduction. Bloomsbury (forthcoming).
  2. A Sense of Brutality: Philosophy and Narco Culture. Amherst College Press, 2020.
  3. The Disintegration of Community: On Jorge Portilla's Social and Political Philosophy, co-written with Francisco Gallegos. State University of New York Press, 2020 (forthcoming).
  4. Mexican Philosophy in the 20th Century: Essential Readings, co-edited with Robert E. Sanchez. Oxford University Press, 2017. 
  5. Contingency and Committment: Mexican Existentialism and the Place of Philosophy. State University of New York Press, 2016. 
  6. The Suspension of Seriousness: On the Phenomenology of Jorge Portilla. State University of New York Press, 2012. 
  7. From Epistemic Justification to Philosophical Authenticity: A Study of Husserl's Phenomenological Epistemology. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010. 
  8. The Thought and Social Engagement in the Mexican American Philosophy of John H. Haddox: A Collection of Critical Appraisals, co-edited with Jules Simon. Edwin Mellen Press, 2010. Nominated for the 2012 Americo Peredes Book Award. 


                     ||Interviews: Radio/Podcasts||
                 ||Public Philosophy/OpEds/Other||



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Philosophy, University of New Mexico, 2006
  • Bachelor of Science, Advertising, San Jose State University, 1998


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I am the eldest son of (undocumented) im/migrant farm workers, first-generation college student, and now full professor of philosophy at SJSU. I was born in Anaheim, California in 1975, but spent my childhood in Mexico (Michoacan). My parents and I returned to the US in the mid-1980s and I went to junior high and high school in King City, California, graduating in 1994. I received a Bachelors of Science degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University in 1998, a Masters in Philosophy from the same place, and a PhD in Philosophy from The University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, NM, in 2006. 

My past research has dealt primarily with the history of Mexican philosophy. Currently, I am continuing to explore topics in this area, with a focus on the role of mysticism, ethics, and the phenomenology of faith.