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Antonio Carlos Wolkmer
Maria de Fátima S. Wolkmer


La Salle University, Canoas-RS, Brazil
Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense (UNESC), Criciúma, Brazil


The Latin American constitutional system has produced many innovations, among which a paradigmatic concept, the well living (buen vivir or sumak kawsay), set forth in the Ecuadorian Constitution, since it represents an alternative, decolonial, and pluralist horizon, which contributes radically to redefine the spaces of legality and transform existing colonial relations in the peripheral societies of the global south. Therefore, it is proposed to analyze this ethical normative concept, starting from a critical-social and pluralist interpretation, revealing the displacement of anthropocentrism from eurocentric modernity to a worldview proper to andean culture, which privileges life and the recognition of diversity as structuring axes of social, economic, legal, and political relations.


well living, worldview, decolonial epistemologies, pluralist alternative

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