History

RORAC and CEFmiranda History.

 

The Foundation: “Roberto Oliveros Rivas A.C” RORAC, was legally constituted by Lic. Francisco Lozano, Notary No. 10 of Mexico City in July 1994

Along with the documents of its constitution is signed the Scripture of the beautiful country house in Temamatla, State of Mexico, and designated as the seat of the Foundation, and center of our activities.

Days followed to the signature, the first assembly is celebrated presided by our president Dr. Roberto Oliveros Rivas and the founding partners.

His warm and courageous words, to bring the foundation’s objectives to be a reality, were the spark that started the first projects.

A philosopher and a pedagogue are a good combination to start a foundation.

 

“A philosophy that does not start by basing the infinite dignity of every human person is worthless,” said the philosopher José Porfirio Miranda.

 

Educator Adela Oliveros, with a very enthusiastic team, faced the fundamental problems of the area: the lack of water for a population of farmers, mostly ejidatarios; The need for work and money in families; Usury loans for lack of savings; The low esteem and self-esteem of women and the lack of interest in books and reading.

 

The Foundation then initiated projects that would help to counteract these problems: agricultural projects; Construction of basins for collecting rainwater; Savings and credit fund to finance small businesses of rabbits, vegetables, marmalade etc.; Small production cooperatives for women and agricultural cooperatives for peasants; Mixed groups and women in communities; Regional meetings to foster relationships between communities; Public library with loan books, reading circles and Internet.

 

The small team has been supported by national and foreign volunteers. An excellent help was the Canadian International Development Association (CISD), which with young professionals from the university gave us their support for 6 years for the agreed project.

 

With the Free Trade Agreement, interest in Mexico and its reality grew among the Americans and Canadians. It was therefore decided to prepare annual trinational courses: “Third World Consciousness in a Global Reality”. Lectures were given, and experiences were shared during the work in the area and in the places of Mexican and foreign participants. Among the participants came good friendships and international aid relations for our projects.

 

A very special educational experience was that of courses at Union Provisa, the factory that for 16 years held the workers in a self-managed way and that had to be closed finally because it could not support the international competition.

 

At the same time Rorac maintained an aim of equal importance that the previous ones, since they were interested in the scientific investigation in philosophical matter, mainly on the work of the philosopher Jose Porfirio Miranda de la Parra, not excluding the one of other outstanding philosophers, the criteria to follow were the following:

 

Keep, investigate and publish the legacy of Jose Porfirio’s work, manuscripts and library as well as later works developed at the CEF.

Promote the knowledge of Porfirio Miranda’s philosophy and work to students and investigators.

Encourage the philosophical analysis, research and discussion of the most relevant problems in today’s world in a systematic manner with reason and ethic.

Make agreements of cooperation with universities, middle and higher educational centers, and governmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations.

Proportion to interested students and researchers a space and the means necessary to be able to reflect, study, discuss and produce philosophical criticism.

Translate and publish Jose Porfirio Miranda’s books and works in other languages especially in English.

Promote knowledge of the works and books researched here by using national and foreign publications.

Publish articles about our research in prestigious books or magazines both nationally and internationally.

Use the media to broadcast the author’s work, CEF research and philosophical dialogue.

CEFmiranda.

 

In 2001 at midnight, at 35 minutes on Tuesday 9 October, at the age of 77, the philosopher José Porfirio Miranda de la Parra dies next to his faithful wife Adela Oliveros. The following day they celebrate their funeral honors in the small baroque church of the XVIII century that is in the center of Temamatla.

His friends from Chihuahua, his students from the UAM, his brothers, relatives and acquaintances carry his coffin to the town’s municipal pantheon.

 

In October 2002, on the first anniversary of his death, a homage was held at the UAM Iztapalapa, including 3 days of study and dissemination of Porfirio’s work. On that occasion an agreement is signed between the UAM and the RORAC Foundation, to preserve the author’s library, along with the published and unpublished work of José Porfirio Miranda with the aim of disseminating and continuing his research.

 

Finally, in 2003, the Center for Philosophical Studies José Porfirio Miranda (CEFmiranda) was created at the RORAC Foundation in Temamatla, with a Sunday party and community participation.

In Temamatla, there are adequate facilities for study and reflection. There is also accommodation for researchers and those who wish to take courses or seminars.

 

 

THE CENTER FOR PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES JOSE PORFRIO MIRANDA

 

Objectives

 

The Center for Philosophical Studies Jose Porfrio Miranda is a space created to keep, publish and investigate the works of this renown philosopher.   It is also a place for study as well as for critical and creative reflection where alternatives, with a reasoned basis, to the problems confronting contemporary man are brought; taking into account the truth demonstrated by the relevant past and present thinkers as well as being up to date with modern discoveries in both human and natural sciences.

Basic Principles.

Philosophy consists in assuming the responsibility of the whole human history. Philosophy is therefore a task that derives from an ethical responsibility (1).

A philosophy that bases the obligation of justice. A justice that fights to realize the infinite dignity of every human person.

 

The only beginning – of philosophy – is the experience of injustice, the cry of the oppressed neighbor (2).

The neighbor is an end and not a means to an end, altruistic as it may be.

Scientific critirium is the backbone of the investigation.

The empiricist and materialistic theories that deny the human spirit, prevent its development in history (3).

An education that places and holds the person in the political, economic and social reality, with a critical, purposeful, communitarian and ecological conscience.

  • Jose Porfirio Miranda.
  • Miranda’s answer to Hegel’s question, where do we begin to philosophize? JPM Journals p 978.
  • Alberto Montoya, “1st Version: Philosophical Manifestos “, July 2006.

 

Activities

Keep, investigate and publish the legacy of Jose Porfirio’s work, manuscripts and library as well as later works developed at the CEF.

Promote the knowledge of Porfirio Miranda’s philosophy and work to students and investigators.

Encourage the philosophical analysis, research and discussion of the most relevant problems in today’s world in a systematic manner with reason and ethic.

Make agreements of cooperation with universities, middle and higher educational centers, and governmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations.

Proportion to interested students and researchers a space and the means necessary to be able to reflect, study, discuss and produce philosophical criticism.

Translate and publish Jose Porfirio Miranda’s books and works in other languages especially in German and English.

Promote knowledge of the works and books researched here by using national and foreign publications.

Publish articles about our research in prestigious books or magazines both nationally and internationally.

Use the media to broadcast the author’s work, CEF research and philosophical dialogue.

Order and service the public in the Author’s Library.

 

Conduct Research seminars according to the interests that arise.

 

Sponsor the interinstitutional, national and international research work.

 

Spread Miranda’s legacy: books and manuscripts.