"Wouldn't there Be a Place Where You Could Be Like in Your Own Home?" Saenz, the Question of "Estar", the Encounter with Heidegger, and the Projection of these Issues in Kusch and Churata


  • Elizabeth Monasterios Pérez Professor of Latin American Literatures and Andean Studies, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures. University of Pittsburgh




Churata, Heidegger, Kusch, ontology of being, ontology of estar, Saenz, Western metaphysics


This article addresses one of the major themes for reflection in Jaime Saenz's work: the question of “el estar”, developed as an artistic-epistemological elaboration that owes nothing to Western metaphysics. What interests here is to expose a poetic, critical and philosophical tradition of Latin American making, which is built around an ontology of "estar" and through the intervention of three key thinkers who in decisive moments of their reflection coincided in Bolivia: Jaime Saenz, Gamaliel Churata and Rodolfo Kusch. From different perspectives and expectations, these thinkers installed the philosophical provocation of "estar", giving way to the disturbing proposal that "estar” in life could precede and / or problematize the Heideggerian "being" in-the-world. The present work addresses these discussions in the case of Jaime Saenz.