Ramón Xirau

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{I am not sure if his is the way to add to Xirau's biography.) In any case, I was a student in his Philosophy class for one year when he taught at Mexico City College, which became University of the Americas. It was in the 1960s in Mexico City. Ramon was also on the Selection Committee at El centro mexicano de escritores in Mexico City, and I had won a one-year full time writing followship from the Center. The fellowship winners, about twelve, were from various countries of Latin-America and met at the Center once a week to share their writing material and receive responses from the fellows who had read the material. Ramon was an exceptional professor and very fine poet. If you care to have a copy of his photograph from the 1960s while lecturing at U of A, please let me know and where I can email it.


Ramon Xirau Subias
Ramón Xirau en el sillón de su casa.jpg
Ramón Xirau at home (2011)
Born (1924-01-20) 20 January 1924 (age 91)
Barcelona, Spain
School Existentialism
Main interests
Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Time, Phenomenology, Ontology

Ramon Xirau Subias (Spanish: [raˈmon ʃiˈɾau], Catalan: [rəˈmoɲ ʃiˈɾaw]) (born in Barcelona, Spain on 20 January 1924) is a Mexican poet, philosopher and literary critic.[1] In 1939, shortly after the outbreak of the Spanish civil war, he emigrated to Mexico where he obtained Mexican citizenship in 1955. He obtained a Master's Degree in philosophy at the UNAM and an honorary doctorate from the Universidad de las Américas, he is an emeritus research faculty member of the UNAM y and the National System of Researchers. At the UNAM he has taught at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature and has done research at the Institute of Philosophy Research. He is a member of the Colegio Nacional since 1973. He received the Legion of Honour from France and the Isabel la Católica from Spain awards as well as the Cruz de Saint Jordi from the Generalitat of Catalonia for his works in essay and academics in Spanish and Catalan literature. He has also received the Elías Sourasky and the Premio Universidad Nacional awards at the UNAM. Professor Xirau is mostly known in the English speaking world as the co-author of The Nature of Man along with Erich Fromm (Macmillan 1968, ISBN 0-02-084960-5).

Other selected works[edit]

  • Palabra y Silencio, Siglo XXI (1968) ISBN 968-231-887-4
  • Tiempo Vivido: Acerca de Estar, Siglo XXI (1985) ISBN 968-231-888-2
  • Entre la Poesía y el Conocimiento: Antología de Ensayos Críticos Sobre Poetas y Poesía Iberoamericanos, Fondo de Cultura Económica (2004) ISBN 968-16-6444-2
  • Introducción a la Historia de la Filsofía, UNAM (2009) ISBN 968-368-036-4

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