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Cornelius Castoriadis: Key Concepts, 1st edition

Published by Bloomsbury Academic (July 3rd 2014) - Copyright © 2014

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Cornelius Castoriadis (1922-1997) was a Greek-French thinker best known for his work on 'autonomy' and 'human creation'. He was a political activist, psychoanalyst, philosopher, political and social thinker and economist. Recognised as a significant and original thinker of the twentieth century, his work is receiving increased scholarly attention. Notwithstanding the richness of his work, Castoriadis's terminology can prove challenging to understand. Cornelius Castoriadis: Key Concepts is the first book of its kind, providing readers with a road map to the fundamentals of his thought. International specialists in Castoriadis's works introduce and clarify the complexity of his thought through the elucidation of nineteen key concepts that are fundamental to understanding - and grappling with - his ideas. Comprehensive and accessible, the entries have been carefully selected to cover the most central aspects - psychoanalysis, sociology, philosophy, politics - and periods of his thought.

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors Elucidating Castoriadis: Editor's Preface 1. Autonomy Suzi Adams 2. Heteronomy Karl E. Smith 3. Social Imaginary Significations Johann P. Arnason 4. Creative Imagination Johann P. Arnason 5. Creation ex nihilo Angelos Mouzakitis 6. Magma Mats Rosengren 7. Psyche Karl E. Smith 8. Social-Historical Angelos Mouzakitis 9. Institution Johann P. Arnason 10. Ensemblistic-Identitarian Logic (Ensidic Logic) Jeff Klooger 11. Legein and Teukhein Jeff Klooger 12. Anlehnung (Leaning On) Jeff Klooger 13. Living Being Suzi Adams 14. Paideia Ingerid S. Straume 15. Capitalism Jeremy C.A. Smith 16. Socialism Anders Ramsay 17. Modernity Karl E. Smith 18. Democracy Ingerid S. Straume 19. Tragedy Sophie Klimis Index

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