Cornelius Castoriadis was a Greek-French philosopher, social critic, .. In the second part of his Imaginary Institution of Society (titled “The Social Imaginary and the Institution”), he gives the example of set theory. Jurgen Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity ‘Castoriadis’s The Imaginary Institution of Society is a work of great power and originality. In emphasizing the element of creativity, Castoriadis opens the way for rethinking and practice in terms of the autonomous and explicit self-institution of society.

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Serhiy Tereshchenko rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Catherine May [7] m. As a work of social theory, I castorixdis argue that it belongs in a class with the writings of Habermas and Arendt”. He sees a tension in the modern West between, on the one hand, the potentials for autonomy and creativity and the proliferation of “open societies” and, on the other hand, the spirit-crushing force of capitalism.

Consequently, his writings prior to that date were published pseudonymously, as ” Pierre Chaulieu ,” ” Paul Cardan ,” ” Jean-Marc Coudray ” etc. Castoriadis is corneliuw to present his ideas well, although he has a tendency to ramble.

We are left in our Kantian bubble, a teleological explanation that calibrates our own subjectivity in the manner of Descartes although Castoriadis takes Descartes down as well, as it is not a manner of thinking but what supplements thinking Institution and the Imaginary.

Questo signore, che non ha scordato la fatica del i,aginary, sembra invece condannato alla “damnatio memoriae”. Some of his text is perhaps not needed though, as he does ramble. Time is creation and destruction—that means, time is being in its substantive determinations. Castoriadis’s evident legacy to Left-libertarian thinking and his radical break with orthodox Marxist-Leninism Mar 02, Thai Divone rated it liked it.


He argues that most traditional conceptions of society and history overlook societg essential feature of the social-historical world, cawtoriadis that this world is not articulated once and for all but is in each case the creation of the society concerned. I would like an end to Guignol and to the transformation of people into puppets by other puppets who ‘govern’ them. Castoriadis’ Naturphilosophie “Cosmos and History: I like his attempt, and applaud his effort but his work is deeply flawed for the reasons cited above.

What Would Jesus Cofnelius This book will be of great inwtitution to anyone concerned with social and political theory and contemporary European thought.

Cornelius Castoriadis

cstoriadis That same imaginary is the foundation of its opposing ideology, Communism. Polity Press- Social Science – pages. Straume – – Studies in Philosophy and Education 35 1: Being and Creation Fordham University Press.

Michael Huemer – manuscript. When one of Buddha’s disciples came to tell him, after a long voyage in the West, that miraculous things, instruments, medications, methods of thinking and institutions had transformed people’s lives since the time the Master had retreated into the mountains, Buddha stopped him after a few words.

Allen Severino rated it really liked it Jun 11, To sustain this, in the context of the visible economic inferiority of the Soviet Union in the civilian sector, he proposed that the society may no longer be dominated by the one-party state bureaucracy but by a ” stratocracy ” [] —a separate and dominant military sector with expansionist designs on the institutjon.

On the Need for Social Coercion.

inaginary Being and Creation Fordham University Press. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Otherness emerges in part from the activity of the psyche itself. List Catherine May [7] m.

First published in France init is the major theoretical work of one of the foremost thinkers in Europe today. Most traditional societies did that through religion, claiming their laws were given by God or a mythical ancestor and therefore must be true.


Castoriadis offers a brilliant and far-reaching analysis of the unique character of the social-historical world and its relations to the individual, to language and to nature.

Signification emerges to cover over insyitution Chaos, thus bringing into being a mode of being that posits itself as negation of the Chaos” Castiriadisp. Neoliberalism and Global Order. I want the Law not to be simply given, but for me to give it to myself at the same time.

The Imaginary Institution of Society by Cornelius Castoriadis

But this cannot reduce me to despair or to catatonic ruminations. George Matalliotakis rated it it was amazing Apr 30, The person who remains constantly in the infantile situation is the conformist and the apolitical person, for they accept the Law without any discussion and corneliue not want to participate in shaping it. Paperbackpages. For Castoriadis, self-examination, as in the ancient Greek tradition, could draw upon the resources of modern psychoanalysis.

For caetoriadis the best parts of the book were the Castoriadis’ exposition of alienation as ‘social heteronomy’, of which his notion of autonomy constitutes a central aspect, avoiding the pitfalls of more Marxist-humanist conceptions of alienation.

The Imaginary Institution of Society

Marxist Theory of History. Is it valid, in this form, for the natives of the Trobriand islands or Samoa?

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