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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Cornelius Castoriadis – Wikipedia

I do not want others to be things, I would have no use for this. Project and Elucidation”; Elliottp. 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 instktution well, as it is not a manner of thinking but what supplements thinking Matt rated it really liked it Mar 06, The Greeks had an imaginary by which the world stems from Chaos and the ancient Jews an imaginary by which the world stems from the will of a pre-existing entity, God.

Books by Cornelius Castoriadis. Thus, imaginaries are directly responsible for all aspects of culture.

The person for whom others are things is himself a thing, and I do not want to be a thing either for myself or for others. Lists with This Book.

caetoriadis Is it that work is necessary — or that it is necessary that work be meaningless, exploited, that it contradict the objectives for which it is allegedly done? Reading Castoriadis After Badiou.

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Anders Michelsen – – Thesis Eleven 96 1: Society as an imaginary institution is only a secondary affect of the ungrounding of identity. Edgar Morin proposed that Castoriadis’ work will be remembered for its remarkable continuity and coherence as well as for its extraordinary breadth castoriaeis was “encyclopaedic” in the original Greek sense, for it offered us a “paideia,” or education, that brought full circle our cycle of otherwise compartmentalized knowledge in the arts and sciences.


Castoriadis’ wide-ranging discussion deals with many issues which are currently topical in the English-speaking world: Cornelius Castoriadis – – Thesis Eleven 35 1: Theory and Revolutionary Project.

It was rooted not in the material sphere of consumption and production, but in the broader social—legal—historical institutions of society. 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.

I desire, and I ask, first of all that my work be meaningful, that I may approve what it is used for and the way in which it is done, that it allow me genuinely to expend myself, to make use of my faculties and at the same time to enrich and develop myself.

Cornelius Castoriadis

I do not accept the fact that my lot is decided, day after day, by people whose projects are hostile to me or simply unknown to me, and for whom we, that is I and everyone else, are only numbers in a general plan or pawns on a chess board, and that, ultimately, my life and my death are in the hands of cornflius whom I know to be, necessarily, blind.

Trying to solve it by changing or managing these industries better might fail, since it essentially acknowledges this imaginary as real, thus perpetuating the problem. Spatial Formations Nigel Thrift No preview available – Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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The Imaginary Institution of Society

castorladis Am I in danger of forgetting all this if ever events were to carry me close to ‘power’? Castoriadis views the political organization of the ancient Greek city states as a model of an autonomous society. Where does a philosophy get the right to tell me: If I had been born in a communist society, would happiness have been easier to attain — I really do not know, and at any imqginary can do nothing about it.

In sociey 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. The word has since been promoted to a scientific termbut Castoriadis is inclined to believe that although the Greeks institutin sometimes expressed Chaos in that way as a system too complex to be understoodthey mainly referred to it as nothingness. And already in the choice of my main interest in life, in the work I devote to it, which for me is meaningful even when I encounter, and instituttion, partial failure, delays, detours and tasks that have no sense in themselvesin the participation in a group of revolutionaries which is attempting to go beyond the reified and alienated relations of current society — I am in a position partially to realize this desire.

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Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide cashoriadis proxy. Want to Read saving…. Billy Dean rated it it was amazing Nov 28, Capitalism did away with this mythic imaginary by replacing it with what it claims to be pure reason as examined above.

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. I say that it castoriadks already be a basic change in this direction if I were allowed to decide, together with everyone else, what I had to do and, with my fellow workers, how to do it.

There he concluded that a revolutionary Marxist must choose either to remain Marxist or to remain revolutionary. Writings on Politics, Society, Psychoanalysis, and the Imagination. Part of his incomplete basis lies with his psychoanalytic insistence of imaginary. Science Logic and Mathematics. Deep Green Resistance Democracy Now!