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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In emphasizing the element of creativity, Castoriadis opens the way for rethinking political theory and practice in terms of the autonomous and explicit self-institution of society. He contrasted that sharply to the Biblical imaginary, which sustains all Judaic societies to this day, according to which, in the beginning of the world there was a God, a willing entity and man’s position therefore is to understand that Will and act accordingly.

From Marginalization to Canonization to Re-radicalization”. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I would like an end to Guignol and to the transformation of people into puppets by other puppets who ‘govern’ them. I think that we are at a crossing in the roads of history, history in the grand sense. 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 can 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.

First published in France init is the major theoretical work of one of the foremost thinkers in Europe today.

Cornelius Castoriadis, The Imaginary Institution of Society – PhilPapers

Should I follow this chimera of wanting to eliminate the tragic side of human existence? Socialisme Ou Barbarie, Reminds me of the ‘early’ philosophical Marx – it resonates the tone of the manuscripts: No trivia or quizzes yet.


His mismapping of institutions, one that uses the unconscious to fill in the void he cannot see, is the problem with this book.

Am I in danger of forgetting all this if ever events were to carry me close to ‘power’? The Left-Wing Alternativetrans.

But what I want is the abolition of power in the current sense; I want the power of each and every one. On the Marxist Imaginary and the Problem of Practice: Where does a philosophy get the right to tell me: George Matalliotakis rated it it was amazing Apr 30, Capitalism can function only by continually drawing upon the genuinely human activity of those subject to it, while at the same time trying to level and dehumanize them as much as possible.

May 03, Chelsea Szendi rated it liked it Shelves: Cross-currents in Disciplinary History. Hans Joas published a number of articles in American journals in order to highlight the importance of Castoriadis’ work to a North American sociological audience, and the enduring importance of Johann P.

Lists with This Book. Manussos Marangudakis – – Zygon 47 1: Stephen Hastings-King – – Thesis Eleven 49 1: He wishes to remain only examining universals, and for that reason, while he is able to point of some key points for society and philosophy he is also unable to tell us what to do with these ideas.

The Imaginary Institution of Society by Cornelius Castoriadis

He is trading one lack for another lack, forming the groundwork of the petit object a from this, falling into the same binding logic of Zizek although Zizek goes from Lacan and Althusser into critical studies in this manner. This seems more than improbable to me.

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.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Christos Poulakis rated it really liked it Sep 16, Castoriadis’ wide-ranging discussion deals with many issues which are currently topical in the English-speaking world: First published in France init is the major theoretical work of one of the foremost thinkers in Europe.

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. Castoriadis and Touraine on the Performative Public Sphere. 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.

Thirty years ago Castoriadis founded the French journal Socialisme ou Barbarie, the title of which stated the alternatives he then saw confronting capitalism.

Cornelius Castoriadis

For current power, other people are things, and all that I want goes against this. Andrew AratoSocial Research 45 4: Also in CRpp.

The Greeks different to other societies because they not only started as autonomous but maintained this ideal by challenging their laws on te constant basis while obeying them to the same degree even to the extent of enforcing capital punishmentproving that autonomous societies can indeed exist. Creating external social institutions that give stable form to what Castoriadis terms the ontological ” magma [] [38] [] of social significations” [22] [] allows the psyche to create stable figures for the self, and to ignore the constant emergence of mental indeterminacy and alterity.

Non credo che molti abbiano la mia fortuna.