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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Lucy rated it it was amazing Apr 04, For me the best parts of the book were the Castoriadis’ exposition of alienation as ‘social heteronomy’, of which his notion of autonomy constitutes a central aspect, avoiding the pitfalls of more Marxist-humanist imaginady of alienation.

In contrast, the members of heteronomous societies attribute their imaginaries to some extra-social authority i.

Fordham University Press,p. Straume – – European Journal of Social Theory 15 3: He died on 26 December from complications following heart surgery. One cannot have an autonomous castoriadiz that would fail to turn back upon itself, that would not interrogate itself about its motives, its reasons for acting, its deep-seated [ profondes ] tendencies. Castoriadis has influenced European especially continental thought in important ways.

It was rooted not in the material sphere of consumption and production, but in the broader social—legal—historical institutions of society. Like Bruno Rizzi, James Burnham, and The former developed therefore a system of immediate democracy where the laws were ever changing according to the people’s will while the second a theocratic system according to which man is in an eternal quest to understand and enforce the will of God.

Confer Fichte’s original insight. Also in CRpp.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Marxist Philosophy of History. Have they wiped out sadness, sickness, old age and death? Castoriadis’ Shift Towards Physis.


He further argued that this meant there was no internal class dynamic which could lead to social revolution within Russian society and that change could only occur through foreign intervention. Capitalism can function only by continually drawing upon the genuinely imagknary activity of those subject to it, while at the same time trying to level and dehumanize them as much as possible. MIT Press- Communism – pages. No, replied the disciple.

He does insttution plenty of interesting insight, but misses the mathematical fit — the modeling Descartes provided through his analytical geometry. Spesso e volentieri si dicono cose diverse per essere banalmente uguali.

The Imaginary Institution of Society by Cornelius Castoriadis

Where does a philosophy get the right to tell me: 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 socety say, for nothing, and of a technoscience that has become autonomized along its path and that is evidently involved in instktution domination of this capitalist imaginary.

Castoriadis was not calling for every individual to undergo psychoanalysis, per se. Eva rated it it was amazing Jun 28, Not only because others have tread this path, but because Castoriadis is unable to resolve the immanent problems instigution his explanation. Castoriadis views the political organization of the ancient Greek city states as a model of an autonomous society.

But what sodiety the content of this principle? And I say that this is possible, with a different organization of society, possible for me and for everyone. Institution and the Imaginary. 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. Otherness emerges in part from the activity of the psyche itself.


Deep Green Resistance Democracy Now! Is it still valid today for fishermen in a poor Mediterranean village? This methodology provided the path not just for science and math but also characterizes the modality of philosophy as well. Lists with This Book. This proves problematic because Castoriadis’s real target is logical identity itself.

I like his attempt, and applaud his effort but his work is deeply flawed for the reasons cited above. In the second part of his Imaginary Institution of Society titled “The Social Imaginary and the Institution”he gives the example of set theorywhich is at the basis of formal logicwhich cannot function without having first defined the “elements” which are to be assigned to sets.

Tucker – – Thesis Eleven 83 1: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Is this principle valid, in this form, for someone of independent means? Trying to castoriadls it by changing or managing these industries better might fail, since it essentially acknowledges this imaginary as real, thus perpetuating the problem. Institutiln Ontology in Philosophy of Social Science.

Cornelius Castoriadis

Catherine May [7] m. Anarchism Libertarianism Left-libertarianism Marxism Socialism. I do not count on people changing into angels, nor on their souls becoming as pure as mountain lakes — which, moreover, I have always found deeply boring. castorkadis

Marxist Theory of History. Carmen Flores rated it really liked it Feb 11,