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By Cornelius Castoriadis

ISBN-10: 0823230937

ISBN-13: 9780823230938

ISBN-10: 0823230945

ISBN-13: 9780823230945

This posthumous selection of interviews and low papers given via Castoriadis among 1974 and 1997 is a full of life, direct creation to the deliberating a author who by no means deserted his noticeably serious stance. It offers a transparent, convenient rsum of his political principles, just before their occasions and profoundly appropriate to latest world.For this political philosopher and longtime militant (co-founder with Claude Lefort of the innovative staff Socialisme ou Barbarie), economist, psychoanalyst, and thinker, never-ending interrogations-how to appreciate the realm and existence in society-were intertwined together with his personal existence and combats.An vital bankruptcy discusses the background of Socialisme ou Barbarie(1949-1967); in it, Castoriadis offers the perspectives he defended, in that staff, on a few matters: a critique of Marxism and of the Soviet Union, the bureaucratization of society and of the staff' flow, and the primacy of person and collective autonomy. one other bankruptcy provides the concept that, important to his considering, of imaginary significationsas what make a society cohere.Castoriadis consistently returns to the query of democracy because the never-finished, planned production via the folks of societal associations, examining its prior and its destiny within the Western global. He scathingly criticizes representativedemocracy and develops a perception of direct democracy extending to all spheres of social existence. He wonders in regards to the possibilities of reaching freedom and autonomy-those requirements of precise democracy-in an international of unending, meaningless accumulation of fabric items, the place the mechanisms for governing society have disintegrated, the connection with nature is diminished to at least one of harmful domination, and, primarily, the inhabitants has withdrawn from the general public sphere: a global ruled through leisure pursuits and lobbies-a society adrift.

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And who decides they are? Now struggles are only exemplary because of that potential signification exceeding the immediate, manifest content, not only inasmuch as what occurred there is ‘‘numerically’’ valid for other cases but in that its implications exceed by far the apparent cause of their occurrence. An elected, revocable strike committee isn’t exemplary simply because strike committees should all be elected and revocable, but also because by establishing it, and by its relations with it, the mass of strikers breaks with twenty-five centuries of political philosophy and creates another principle.

It wasn’t very meaningful to keep it going and to keep the group going by hook or by crook under those conditions. Those were the considerations that led me to propose the suspension of the review. ’’ And in fact, there was new growth later. Why didn’t we try to reconstitute the group later on? ’’ The experience of all the post– May ’68 groups shows the impossibility of eluding the questions of: Who are we? How do we function? Who is us and who is not us? Is there an ‘‘us’’? And above all, What do we mean by ‘‘us’’?

But over and beyond changes in the type of organization, it was the traditional conception as a whole that was profoundly called into question. Politics Let’s begin with a point that played an enormous role in the 1958 split, although not explicitly so. To my way of thinking, Lefort and Simon’s conceptions resulted, without saying so, in the refusal, or rejection, of the political dimension of the organization. If ‘‘political’’ is meant in the French CP or Trotskyist sense, we would all agree, of course.

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