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 the infantile situation, life is given to you for nothing; and the Law is given to you without anything else, without anything more, without any possible discussion.

He died on 26 December from complications following heart surgery.

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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. As a work of social theory, I would argue that it belongs in a class with imaginarh writings of Habermas and Arendt.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Reminds me of the ‘early’ philosophical Marx – it resonates the tone of the manuscripts: I am not asking society to ‘give me happiness’; I know that this is not a ration that can be handed out by City Hall or my neighbourhood Workers’ Council and that, if this thing exists, I have to make it for myself, tailored to my own needs, as this has happened dociety me already and as this will probably happen to me socieety.

The central claim of the Stalinist regime at the time was that the mode of production in Russia was socialist, corrnelius the mode of distribution was not yet a socialist one since the socialist edification in the country had not yet been completed. 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: In Castoriadis married Piera Aulagniera French psychoanalyst who had undergone psychoanalytic treatment under Jacques Lacan from until History of Western Philosophy.


Like most people, I can live in this one and adapt to it — at any rate, I do live in it. Democracy, Education and the Need for Politics. As a work of social theory, I would argue that it belongs in a class with the writings of Habermas and Arendt”. In his essay “The Relations of Production in Russia”, [] Castoriadis developed a critique of the supposed socialist character of the government of the Soviet Union.

It seems to me that instead I want to eliminate the melodramatic aspect, the false tragedy — the one in which catastrophe arrives without necessity, in which everything could have been otherwise if only the characters had known this or had done that. University of Chicago Press. On the Need for Social Coercion. III, Cahier 3,p.

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To understand it better we might think of its usual context, the imaginary institution of societies. The Imaginary Institution of Society. Jim rated it it was amazing Aug 25, My favourite section of the book was Castoriadis randomly, but refreshingly, making the case of autogestion self-management and autonomy amidst complex social ontology.

Annabelle Dufourcq – – Chiasmi International 6: I know, of course, that this desire cannot be realized today; nor even were the revolution to take place tomorrow, could it be fully realized in my lifetime. The Imaginary Institution of Society.

The Imaginary Institution of Society by Cornelius Castoriadis

Some of his text is perhaps not needed though, as he does ramble. Like Bruno Rizzi, James Burnham, and It can be opened only through a social and political awakening, a resurgence of the project of individual and collective autonomy, that is to say, of the corneliud to freedom.


Capitalism did away with this mythic imaginary by replacing it with what it claims to be pure reason as examined above. Edward rated it it castoriais amazing Aug 19, 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. This seems more than improbable to me. Why not serfdom, slave galleys, concentration camps?

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Authoritarian regimes emphasized power and decree, while more egalitarian societies used negotiation, volition and even gifts Anna Sidera rated it really liked it May 23, Cornelius Castoriadis [a] Greek: Traditional societies had elaborate imaginaries, expressed through various creation myths, by which they explained how the world came to be and how it is sustained. 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.

Vladimir Tasic – – Cosmos and History 8 2: He used traditional terms as much as possible, though consistently redefining them. Mathematics and Revolutionary Theory: Possessing this desire, which indeed is mine, I can only work to realize it.

Anders Michelsen – – Thesis Eleven 96 1: But this cannot reduce me to despair or to catatonic ruminations.