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. As a work of social theory, I would argue that it belongs in a class with the writings of Habermas and Arendt”. — Jay Bernstein, University of Essex This is one.

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Rodrigo Fagundes rated it it was amazing Oct 31, Straume – – Studies in Philosophy and Education 35 1: However disenchanted and secular we imagine our world, the rituals and rites we base our rational and secular laws and institutions upon are as magical and mythical as those that came before. I do not count on people changing into angels, nor on their souls becoming as pure as mountain lakes — which, iinstitution, I have always found deeply boring.

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Top Reviews Castoriadix recent Top Reviews. Alessio rated it really liked it May 02, May 03, Chelsea Szendi rated it liked it Shelves: Surprisingly, this definition of logic is also shared by Communismwhich despite the fact it stands in seeming opposition, it is the product of the same imaginary, and uses the same concepts and categories to describe the world, principally in material terms and through the process of human labor.

As a work of social theory, I would argue that it institutiob in a class with the writings of Habermas and Arendt. But what is the content of this principle?

Cornelius Castoriadis

Socialisme Ou Barbarie, 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.

I wish to see the other, and for the other to see me, as another human being.

Greek – French [1]. Spatial Formations Nigel Thrift No preview available – Project and Elucidation”; Elliottp. For me 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.


Castoriadis was particularly influential in the turn of the intellectual left during the s against the Soviet Union, because he argued that the Soviet Union was not a communist but rather a bureaucratic capitalist statewhich contrasted with Western powers mostly by virtue of its centralized power apparatus. Andrew AratoSocial Research 45 4: In Decemberthree years [4] after earning a bachelor’s degree in laweconomics and political science from the School of Law, Economics and Political Sciences of the University of Athens where he met and collaborated with the Neo-Kantian intellectuals Konstantinos DespotopoulosPanagiotis KanellopoulosKonstantinos Tsatsos[92] [] he got aboard the RMS Mataroa[] a New Zealand ocean liner, to go to Paris where he remained permanently to continue his studies under a scholarship offered by the French Institute of Athens.

Some of his text is perhaps not needed though, as he does ramble. I think that we are at a crossing in the roads of history, history in the grand sense. Cross-currents in Disciplinary History.

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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 do not want to participate in shaping it. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Why not serfdom, slave galleys, concentration camps?

Is it valid, in this form, for the natives of the Trobriand islands or Samoa? This would require an awakening of the imagination and of the creative imaginary. The Imaginary Institution of Society. He then concludes what made the ancient Greek society different to other societies is exactly that core imaginary, which essentially says that if the world is created out of nothing then man institutoin indeed, in his brief time on earth, model it as he sees fit, [] without trying to conform on some pre-existing order like a divine law.

Gourgouris pointed out that the circle castoriaris creation is “a circle whose Being is nowhere, since in itself it accounts for the meaning of Being, a meaning that is always inevitably a human Figures of the Thinkable Meridian: Castoriadis’s The Imaginary Institution of Society is a work of great power and originality.


In this tne, his book is less revelatory than it is merely library taxonomy in trying to draw the “longest consistency” available given the field of philosophical hhe. And he plunged back into his contemplation, without bothering to show his disciple that he was no longer listening to him.

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Anders Michelsen – – Thesis Eleven 96 1: Capitalism legitimizes itself through ” reason ,” claiming that it makes “rational sense”, [] but Castoriadis observed that all such efforts are ultimately tautologicalin that they can only legitimize a system through the rules defined by the system itself.

In this work he covers several subjects marxism, revolutionary theory, social imaginary and the individual. What I want is for society caxtoriadis cease to be a family, moreover a false one and even a grotesque one; I want it to acquire its peculiar dimension as a society, a network of relationships among autonomous adults.

Science Logic and Mathematics. This is problematic word play of the worst kind But this cannot reduce me to despair or to catatonic ruminations. Customers castofiadis viewed this item also viewed. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Anarchism portal Communism portal Socialism portal Politics portal. Castoriadis wrote essays on mathematics, physics, biology, anthropology, psychoanalysis, linguistics, society, economics, politics, philosophy, and art.

Archived from the original on Traditional societies had elaborate imaginaries, expressed through various creation myths, by which they explained how the world came to be and how it is sustained. In emphasizing the element of creativity, Castoriadis opens the way for rethinking political theory imayinary practice in terms of the autonomous and explicit self-institution of society.

Books by Cornelius Castoriadis. The next step would be to adopt a platform in which the ideological basis for generation does not come from this privileged position of sublimation.