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narrow-minded anti-imperialist who thought that anything that came from abroad had to be rejected. In fact, one of his prime concerns was precisely the integration of Mexico into the broader world society. Paz was a cosmopolitan and his cosmopolitanism opposed any kind of shortsighted provincialism. But he was also keenly aware of the fact that integration could not and should not mean a blind assimilation of anything and everything that came from abroad. If one of the main ideas of the current postcolonial discourse is that, as Sergio Costa has put it, “every

complicated at the personal level, but even more so at the social and historical levels. It entails assuming, from its roots and with all its consequences, the need to relativize (historicize) our life, our convictions and our certainties, as a means of situating them in their just historical terms; and this is nothing short of opening ourselves to the existence of other forms of understanding and conceiving life, history, time, the world, society, etc. …, concepts that we would not only have to “respect” and “tolerate,” but also assimilate as enriching, valorizing