The existence of a philosophy of C. has been subject of numerous controversies and speculations, especially among Colombian intellectuals. Next to the extreme positions, those who claim that there is a philosophy of the country itself, or deny at all that it has existed, it is opinion, more acceptable, those who think that there has been and there is philosophy in C., not of C., and, above all, that there have been and there are philosophers. The reasons for the lack of systematization and originality of Colombian thought, some of which exposed Luis Lopez de Mesa (cfr. j. Velez Correa, o. c.
in bibl.., 894) are no doubt profound and very diverse, as ranging from the peculiar emotional temperament of the Colombian people to concrete social and political circumstances that has had to face it. However, while a native thought, expression of a people and their problems, is not that exists in C. continuous contact with European philosophical activity, and a constantly renewed group of thinkers interested and occupied in the philosophy, dedicated to assimilate, disseminate and develop the philosophical ideas in an original way. No European theory that deserves to be brought to life has been able to be received by us in pure form. With more or less originality have accommodated to our nature (C. Betancur, foreword to j. D. Garcia Bacca, o.
c. in bibl.., 15). Perhaps the peculiar circumstances to which we alluded have prevented developing and making fruitful conceptions which, if properly developed, would have yielded very different results: Thoughts as Urbina on what is nature, carried, in other media, after cavilosa meditation, Planck's constant (ib., 17). The origins of the Colombian philosophical activity must lie in the era of colonization. The s. XVII and XVul belong in latin Manuscripts preserved in the seminaries, colleges and universities of Santa Fe, result of the diffuser work from Scholastic, carried out by colonization.