Response to Glyn-Williams

  • Gianni Vattimo
  • Santiago ZabalaEmail author
Part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics book series (CONT HERMEN, volume 6)


The essence of Glyn-Williams’ insightful contribution is embodied in the beautiful epigraph (“Phases of a revolution are not decided in parliaments, they are only registered there”) by C.L.R. James. In the spirit of this great historian and political activist, Glyn-Williams suggests that we have given too much significance to the role that Chavez, Morales and other leaders played in Latin American politics, leaving aside those grassroots movements which created them. The “absence of grassroots, constituent power from their consideration of a region in which such powers have reached an extraordinary level of intensity” has inevitably presented the “Latin American people as passive beneficiaries of benevolent rulers.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TurinTurinItaly
  2. 2.Department of HumanitiesICREA/UPFBarcelonaSpain

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