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En-claves del pensamiento

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FILGUEIRAS NODAR, José María. The Morality of the Aztecs, between Historical Reconstruction and Rational Reconstruction. En-clav. pen [online]. 2020, vol.14, n.27, pp.19-38.  Epub June 19, 2020. ISSN 2594-1100.

This essay provides an overview of Aztec morality, showing at first their conception of person and the way they dealt with personal freedom. Subsequently, it expounds the virtues of several ideal models a person could be, and the educational process capable of bringing the virtues that define those models. The text ends with a brief exposition of a legal principle in a very general level: in quálli, in yéctli. Along the article, we attempt to establish points of contact with some contemporary debates in the field of ethics.

Keywords : ethics; Aztecs; Nahuatl philosophy; Miguel León-Portilla; Latin American philosophy.

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