Francisco Peccorini Letona, a Bibliography

Francisco Peccorini Letona

I was fortunate in my undergraduate studies at California State University at Long Beach to have Dr. Francisco Peccorini Letona as my professor.  More than 50 years later I am still under his influence.  His philosophical method and the force of his personality shine through his writings, as they did in his engagement with students.  I have assembled a bibliography of his works, which, to my knowledge, is complete, along with various reviews and commentaries.  When I visited the CSULB Library several years ago, the only publication in the book stacks was a photocopy of the Revista Rosminiana article below, which was surprising because his most popular work, A Method of Self-Orientation to Thinking was celebrated by the campus community when it was published in 1970.  Sadly, Dr. Peccorini was killed in the El Salvador violence after he moved there following his retirement in 1986.  Various news accounts are included here as well.  A testimony to his social vision appears in his work La Voluntad del Pueblo en la Emancipación de El Salvador (The Will of the People in Emancipation of El Salvador).  This philosopher moved fearlessly from “pure” philosophy into the world, even at the cost of his life.  He will be remembered for his deep pursuit of knowledge and its communication to his many students.

Tom D. Lawson

B.A. 1970


  1. Gabriel Marcel: La “Razon de Ser” en la “Participacion” (The “Reason of Being” in     the“Participation”). Juan Flors, editor, Libros “Pensamiento”, Series: Estudios,       No. 3. Barcelona, 1959.
  1. A Method of Self-Orientation to Thinking: An Essay on the Use of  the Principle of Sufficient  Reason in Immanuel Kant’s Metaphysics.  New York; Pageant Press International Corporation, 1970.
  1. La Voluntad del Pueblo en la Emancipación de El Salvador (The Will of the People in  Emancipation of El Salvador).  San Salvador; Ministerio de Educacion Direccion        de Cultura, 1972.
  1. “Dazzling Messages of Personal Immortality in Sciacca’s and Aquinas’s Akin Conceptions of Spirit” in Rivista Rosminiana de Filosofia di Cultura, Fasc. IV, Ottobre-Dicembre 1976.
  1. From Gentile’s “Actualism” to Sciacca’s “Idea”: Beyond Existentialism and      Phenomenology towards the Philosophy of  Integrality, Studio Editoriale di Cultura.     Arlington, VA;  Carrolton Press, Inc. (monograph)
  1. “On to the World if “Freedom”: A Kantian Meditation of Finite Selfhood. Washington, DC; University Press of America, Inc., 1982.
  1. Selfhood as Thinking Thought in the Work of Gabriel Marcel: A New Interpretation.    Problems in Contemporary Philosophy, Volume 3.  Lewiston, NY/Queenston, Ontario; The Edwin Mellen Press, 1987


      8 . Common terms and phrases in Francisco Peccorini Letona’s Selfhood as Thinking                 Thought (1987) (word wall, internet article)

  1. Debra B. Bergoffen, George Mason University. Review of  Selfhood as Thinking Thought in  the Work of Gabriel Marcel, A New Interpretation 
  1. Juan Valente, columnist for El Diario de Hoy, “Su Muerto no Fue en Vano” (His Death Was Not in Vain) (internet article)
  1. L.A. Times 3/16/89: “Ex-Southland Professor Slain in El Salvador: Francisco Peccorini, a Right-Wing Figure, Ambushed in Capital”
  1. L.A. Times 3/19/89 “Murdered Ex-Professor Knew He Risked Assassination in El       Salvador”
  2. United Press International 3/16/89 “Slain Professor Remembered as Devoted Educator”
  1. Zona 1 magazine: “Francisco Peccorini, el Filósofo de las Profecías de Guerra” (The  Philosopher of the Prophecies of War”)

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