Castoriadis's Ontology: Being and Creation (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy)

Castoriadis's Ontology: Being and Creation (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy)

Suzi Adams


This e-book is the 1st systematic reconstruction of Castoriadis' philosophical trajectory. It seriously translates the interior shifts in Castoriadis' ontology via reconsideration of the traditional frustrating of 'human establishment' (nomos) and 'nature' (physis), at the one hand, and the query of 'being' and 'creation', at the different. not like the order of physis, the order of nomos performed no great position within the improvement of western idea: the 1st a part of the ebook means that Castoriadis sought to therapy this together with his elucidation of the social-historical because the zone of being elusive to the determinist imaginary of inherited philosophy. This ontological flip was once introduced with the e-book of his magnum opus The Imaginary establishment of Society (first released in 1975) that's reconstructed as Castoriadis' lengthy trip via nomos through 4 interconnected domain names: ontological, epistemological, anthropological, and hermeneutical respectively. by means of archival resources, the second one half the e-book reconstructs a moment ontological shift in Castoriadis' proposal that happened through the Eighties. the following it argues that Castoriadis extends his thought of 'ontological production' past the human realm and into nature. This movement has implications for his total ontology and signs a shift in the direction of a common ontology of inventive physis. The expanding ontological value of physis is mentioned extra in chapters on target wisdom, the dwelling being, and philosophical cosmology. It means that the realm horizon types an inescapable interpretative context of cultural articulation - within the double experience of Merleau-Ponty's mise en forme du monde - within which physis should be elucidated because the floor of probability, in addition to some extent of end result for nomos within the circle of interpretative production. The publication contextualizes Castoriadis' idea inside broader philosophical and sociological traditions. specifically it situates his concept inside of French phenomenological currents that take both an ontological and/or a hermeneutical flip. It additionally areas a hermeneutic of modernity - that's, an interpretation that emphasizes the continuing discussion among romantic and enlightenment articulations of the realm - on the centre of mirrored image. Castoriadis' reactivation of classical Greek resources is reinterpreted as a part of the continued discussion among the ancients and the moderns, and extra largely, as a part of the interpretative box of tensions that includes modernity.

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