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Socialism in One Person: Specter of Mar x in Octavio Paz’s Political Thought1 Yvon Grenier If infl uence is omnipresent in literature, it is also, one should emphasize, always secondary in any work of quality. Salman Rushdie2 When reminiscing on his intellectual and political itinerary, Octavio Paz (1914-98) never failed to recognize his debt to Karl Marx. He routinely presents the German philosopher (he would say: historian) as one of the two or three thinkers who infl uenced him the most (see for instance Paz 1994d: 258). In the fi fteen tomes of his

Politische Konstruktionen von Männlichkeit in Texten und Filmen der Romania
Humanism and Critique
Italien von der nationalen Einigung bis zum Ende der Ersten Republik
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); and the editions: Dilemas de Bioética (2007) and Perspectivas de Bioética (2008). Yvon Grenier is professor in the department of Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University (Canada) and author of Guerre et pouvoir au Salvador (1994), The Emergence of Insurgency in El Salvador (1999), Art and Politics: Octavio Paz and the Pursuit of Freedom (2001; Spanish trans. in 2004). He edited (selection of texts and introduction) a book by Octavio Paz, Sueno en libertad, escritos politicos (2001). His most recent book, co-authored with Maarten Van Delden, is

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: Two Critiques of the Same Modernity ........................................................ 31 Yvon Grenier Socialism in One Person: Specter of Marx in Octavio Paz’s Political Thought .................................. 47 Rubén Gallo Octavio Paz reads Moses and Monotheism ................................................... 65 Part II: Paz and the ‘Privileges of Sight’ Bolívar Echeverría Octavio Paz, Mexican Muralist ................................................................... 89 Rolando Vázquez On Visual Modernity and Poetic Critique, between

1969, the year of his death (Jäger 2003). This nostalgia for a period in which it might have been easier to be a negativist, non-conformist, confrontational intellectual is probably a legitimate motivation to return to the age of Adorno, as it allows us a glimpse into a time in which the life and work of an intellectual was in many ways defi nitely unique. But it doesn’t inform us “whether” or “if” Adorno’s work still has any social, political, cultural or academic relevance today. Therefore it would be important to revisit Adorno’s writings using a more

, into a method (Adorno 1974: 9-33). Apart from that, it was this small format of philosophical cultural criticism with which Adorno, during the 1950s, conquered the editorial feature pages of German newspapers and, thus, the hearts of the cultured bourgeoisie; and wisely doing so before confronting society with the truly painful, burdensome topics, namely the lack of a critical reappraisal of the past and the defi cits in democratic culture. Decisive for this strategy – a kind of culturalist masking of political critique – was, in fact, the concise diction and

To Hear the Inaudible, To See the Imperceptible: Modernity and Otherness in Octavio Paz1 Xavier Rodríguez Ledesma … the principle fact of these years: plurality. And I add: it does not suffi ce to hear the others, also necessary is a merciless criticism of ourselves. Octavio Paz2 To fully appreciate the signifi cance and contribution of Octavio Paz’s thought for the cultural, intellectual and even political life of the 20th century, one must fi rst comprehend its transcendence as it confronted a closed political and cultural milieu characterized by the

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Straub (Bochum), Assistant Editor: Henner Laass (Essen). Advisory board: Peter Burke (Cambridge), Chen Qineng (Beijing), Georg Essen (Nijmegen), Ming-huei Lee (Taipei), Surendra Munshi (Calcutta), Erhard Reckwitz (Essen), Masayuki Sato (Yamanashi), Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer (Wolfenbüttel), Zhang Longxi (Hong Kong) Oliver Kozlarek (Dr. phil, Dr. en Humanidades) teaches political and social philosophy and social theory at the Institute for Philosophical Research at Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in Mexico. Currently he is a visiting