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 all pre-capitalist societies, prices — and distribution more generally — were determined through some mixture of imginary struggles and cooperation. 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.

According to logician Athanassios Tzouvaras, the properties of a magma that Castoriadis proposed were either unformalizable or inconsistent see Athanassios Tzouvaras, “Sets with dependent elements: Account Options Sign in. Normalmente non scrivo commenti sui libri: Rodrigo Fagundes rated it it was amazing Oct 31, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Castoriadis and Touraine on the Performative Public Sphere.

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 coenelius the same time to enrich and develop myself.

But what I want is the abolition of power in the current sense; I want the power of each and every one. I like his attempt, and applaud his effort but his work is deeply corneoius for the reasons cited above. He argues that most traditional conceptions of society and history overlook the essential feature of the social-historical world, namely that this world is not articulated once and for all but is in each case the creation of the society concerned. Why not serfdom, slave galleys, concentration camps?

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For current power, other people are things, and all that Institugion want goes against this. Jim rated it it was amazing Aug 25, Billy Dean rated it it was amazing Nov 28, Part of his incomplete basis lies cornelis his psychoanalytic insistence of imaginary. He settles in on the unconscious as the logical container of this excessive supervenience analytic but then insists that it is imaginary because it is not consciously determinable.


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 societu society. And while every society creates their own institutions, o the members of autonomous societies are fully aware of the fact, and consider themselves to be the ultimate source of justice.

The Greeks different to other societies because they not only started as autonomous but maintained this ideal by challenging their laws on a constant basis while obeying them to the same degree even to the extent of enforcing capital punishmentproving that autonomous societies can indeed exist.

Castoriadis offers a brilliant and far-reaching analysis of institutuon unique character of the social-historical world and its relations to the individual, to language, and to nature. The recognition of others has value to me only inasmuch as I recognize them as well. Lordosmhtsaras rated it it was amazing Apr 02, 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”.

Reminds me of the ‘early’ philosophical Marx – it resonates the tone of the manuscripts: Some interesting insights, but I couldn’t get along with the writing style. 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. sofiety

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Cornelius Castoriadis

Institution of Society and Religion. 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 that is evidently involved in the domination of this capitalist imaginary.


This view is problematic for while Castoriadis notes that this is “grounded on nothing” being only for-itself and therefore imaginary he provides the generative mechanicism of this cyclical return through psychoanalytic drives Is it still valid today for fishermen in a poor Mediterranean village?

Should I follow this chimera of wanting to eliminate the tragic side of human existence? But I know how much present culture aggravates and exasperates their difficulty to be and to be with others, and I see that it multiplies to infinity the obstacles placed in the way of their freedom.

He died on 26 December from complications following heart surgery. Rather, by reforming education and political systems, individuals would be increasingly capable of critical self- and social reflexion. One cannot have an autonomous society that would fail to turn back upon itself, that socieyt not interrogate itself about its motives, its reasons for acting, its deep-seated [ profondes ] tendencies.

I think that we are castoriadie a crossing in the roads of history, history in the grand sense.

To sustain this, in the context of the visible economic inferiority of the Soviet Union in the civilian sector, he proposed that the society may no longer be dominated by the one-party state bureaucracy but by a ” stratocracy ” [] —a separate and dominant military sector with expansionist designs on the world. Trivia About The Imaginary Ins In contrast, the members of heteronomous societies attribute their imaginaries to some extra-social authority i.

In his Facing the War text, he took the view that Russia had become the primary world military power. 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. InCastoriadis and Aulagnier divorced.