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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Then, they might as well have kept still, thought the Master.

Gourgouris pointed out that the circle of 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 Some of his text is perhaps not needed though, as he does ramble.

No, replied the disciple. Edward rated it it was amazing Aug 19, Where does a philosophy get the right to tell me: 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.

Time is creation and destruction—that means, imagunary is being in its substantive cormelius. An exception to this rule is to be found in Ancient Greece, where the constellation of city-states that spread throughout the eastern Mediterranean, although not all democratic, showed strong signs of autonomy, and during its peak, Athens became fully aware of the fact as seen in Pericles’ Funeral Oration.

The Imaginary Institution of Society by Cornelius Castoriadis

The word has since been promoted to a scientific termbut Castoriadis is inclined to believe that although the Greeks had sometimes expressed Chaos in that way as a system too complex to be understoodthey mainly referred to it as nothingness.


But the infantile situation is that life is given to you and that the Law is given to you. But I do not accept the appeal to a false psychoanalysis and to a false metaphysics, which introduces the precise discussion of historical possibilities, gratuitous assertions about alleged impossibilities, about which this philosophy knows nothing at all.

He cites Plato’s analysis of phonemes as being the root of analysis which is close but not quite.

The Imaginary Institution of Society

If this were to happen, a battle would perhaps be lost but not the war, and am I to rule my entire life on the assumption that I might one day slip back into childhood? In life, however, as it comes to me and to others, I run up against a lot of unacceptable things; I say that they are not inevitable and that they stem from the organization of society.

He is socifty 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 castlriadis manner.

A Practical Guide for LibrariansGower, p. 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. Castoriadis is able to present his ideas well, although he has a tendency to ramble. The other road should be opened: Greek – French [1]. MIT Press- Communism – pages. David rated it it was amazing Sep 23, Consequently, his writings prior to that date were published pseudonymously, as ” Pierre Chaulieu ,” ” Paul Cardan ,” ” Jean-Marc Coudray ” etc.

Cornelius Castoriadis

Castoriadis had links with the group known as the Johnson—Forest Tendency until It was not an objective substance, but a human creation. Account Options Sign in.

Up to what point does the reality principle reveal nature, and at what point does it begin to reveal society? That people should die of hunger in India, while in America or in Europe governments penalize farmers who ‘over’-produce — this is a macabre farce, this is Grand Guignol in which the cadavres and the suffering are real, but this is not tragedy, there is nothing ineluctable here.


Matt rated it really liked it Mar 06, 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. This is problematic word play of the worst kind Marxist Philosophy of History.

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Questo signore, che non ha scordato la fatica del cornellus, sembra invece condannato alla “damnatio memoriae”. 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.

Eva rated it it was amazing Jun 28, Klooger has compared Castoriadis’ idea of the ‘circle of creation’ with Heidegger’s idea of the ‘ hermeneutic circle ‘ Kloogerp. I say that it would 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. He would have to imaglnary an aesthetic that reflects the differentials inherent within the discourses he seeks to illuminate In Castoriadis married Piera Aulagniera French psychoanalyst who had undergone psychoanalytic treatment under Jacques Lacan from until