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Preface to the Third Edition
The reason for this third edition is only to change the format of the text for online publication in digital form, under the Creative Commons license. To this end, I have completely preserved unchanged the text of the second edition as published on paper by Editorial LOM. I deeply appreciate the extraordinary willingness of Paulo Slachevsky and Silvia Aguilera, from LOM, who have agreed to amend the contracts of publication of the previous edition to allow for this option.
The form of the license under which this third edition is published, allows it to be distributed freely, without altering, the source being cited. The goal is to have it available to be downloaded completely free of charge from the site www.cperezs.org mode, or from any other mirror, both for direct reading as well as for independent printing.
In doing so, I am contributing to the great task of democratizing knowledge, the duty of circulating ideas without hindrance under the deep conviction that ideas and arguments belong to no one in particular, they constitute a common heritage to which many contributed, without their contributions being clearly distinguishable, so that no one may claim to exclusivity or any priority.
All knowledge is actually created collectively. The demand for the recognition of individual contributions only has support in vanity or commercial necessity. Who invented the Castilian? Who invented the mechanical worldview? Is there any individual author who can be designated as inventor of romanticism, or Renaissance, or the industrial revolution? Is there any individual author who can be identified as the creator of the popular movement, the idea of a classless society, or the agricultural revolution? Neither the bread nor the plow, or writing, or cities, or philosophy, or monotheism, were invented only at once, by someone in particular, or in only one way.
The essential knowledge for the human community is, and always has been, a collective creation. And if the arguments I made were to share some of the honor of being important to the human community, I gladly accept that my participation simply be diluted in the works and the creations of all.
Santiago, January 2014.