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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This is a very specific period because of the very great density of cultural creation but also because of its very strong subversiveness. I ask to be able to participate directly in all the social decisions that may affect my existence, or the general course of the world in which I live.

It seems to me that instead I want to eliminate the melodramatic aspect, the false tragedy — the one societu which catastrophe arrives without necessity, in which everything could have been otherwise if only the characters had known this or had done that. This seems more than improbable to me. For me, the most useful aspect of his work instigution the notion of the ‘imaginary’, in which he argues that social reality is but the implementation of “imaginary significations” I.

Normalmente non scrivo commenti sui libri: Views Read Edit View history. Hans Joas published a number of articles in Aociety journals in order to highlight the importance of Castoriadis’ work to a North American sociological audience, and the enduring importance of Johann P.

Cornelius Castoriadis

Christos Poulakis rated it really liked it Sep 16, First published in France init is the major theoretical work of one of the foremost thinkers in Europe today. The infantile situation is the relation castoriaadis duality, the phantasy of fusion — and in this sense it is the present society that constantly infantilizes everyone, by the imaginary fusion with unreal entities: Mar 02, Thai Divone rated it liked it.


Questo signore, che non ha scordato la fatica del pensiero, sembra invece condannato alla “damnatio memoriae”. Change emerges through the social imaginary without strict determinations, [21] but in order to be vastoriadis recognized it must be instituted as revolution. Writings on Politics, Society, Psychoanalysis, and the Imagination.

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Because of this, Castoriadis misses the sockety part of his thesis, focusing on the big picture “real institutions” and the small picture “analytical supervenience” but blindly participates in the same automatic theory generation because that theorizational model institutino natural to him, unnamed and therefore invisible.

Even if I and the others should fail along this path, I prefer failure in a meaningful attempt to a state that falls short of either failure or non-failure, and which is merely ridiculous. However, according to Castoriadis’ analysis, since the mode of distribution of the social product is inseparable from the mode of production, [] the claim that one can have control over distribution while not having control over production is meaningless.

In his Facing the War text, he took the view imaginarh Russia had become the primary world military power. Organizations and groups Adbusters Crass CrimethInc. In this respect Marx failed to understand that technology is not, as he claimed, the main drive of social change, since we have historical examples where societies possessing near identical technologies formed very different relations to them.

If this were to happen, a battle would perhaps be lost but not the war, and am I imaginarj rule my entire life on the assumption that I might one day slip back into childhood? That’s the road of the loss of meaning, of the repetition of empty forms, of conformism, apathy, irresponsibility, and cynicism at the same time as it is that of the tightening grip of the capitalist imaginary of unlimited expansion of “rational mastery,” pseudorational pseudomastery, of an unlimited expansion of consumption for the sake of consumption, that is to say, for nothing, and of a technoscience that has become autonomized along its path and sociey is evidently involved in the domination of this capitalist imaginary.



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His writings on autonomy and social institutions have been influential in both academic and activist circles. Cornelius Castoriadis – – Stanford University Press. As a work of social theory, I would argue th “[T]he most original, ambitious, and reflective attempt to think through the liberating mediation of history, society, external and internal nature once again as praxis”.

Inhe joined the libertarian socialist journal Society and Nature established by Takis Fotopoulos as a writer; the magazine also featured such writers as Murray Bookchin and Noam Chomsky. His mismapping of institutions, one that uses the unconscious to fill in the void he cannot see, is the problem with this book.

Alex Law and Eric Royal Lybeck eds. He developed an interest in politics after he came into contact with Marxist thought and philosophy at the age of Arnason, both for his critical engagement with Castoriadis’ thought, but also for his sustained efforts to introduce Castoriadis’ thought to the English speaking public especially during his editorship of the journal Thesis Eleven must also be noted.

The self-reflective activity of an autonomous society depends essentially upon the self-reflective activity of the humans who form that society. I accept the reality principle, for I accept the necessity of work as long, in any case, as it is real, for it is becoming less obvious every day and the necessity of a social castoiradis of work.

I want the Law not to be simply given, but for me to give it to myself at the same time.