Andre Gorz (1923-2007)
As an undergraduate my then advisor Jim Fratto taught a course on theories of socialism in which he assigned one of Gorz's books - Strategy for Labor - which made a lasting impression on me. Gorz's notion of non-reformist reforms, alterations in the structure of a political-economic arrangements that were partial yet nonetheless fundamental was a fundamental challenge both to "revolutionary" politics as commonly understood and to incremenatalist views of political change. Although the notion is elusive, it seems also penetrating and provocative. I see in it both echoes of Dewey's views of politics and a precursor to Roberto Unger's current work.