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Castoriadis - Figures of the Thinkable

Castoriadis - Figures of the Thinkable

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FIGURESOF THE THINKABLE
INCLUDING
PASSION AND KNOWLEDGE
 by Cornelius Castoriadis*
translated from the Frenchand edited anonymouslyas a public service
*"Cornelius Castoriadis" is here a pseudonym for Paul Cardan.****A Paul Cardan (active 1959-1965) was a pseudonym for Cornelius Castoriadis (1922-1997).
 
*
Much Castoriadis material has gone out of print and much more remains to betranslated into English, publication projects in which T/E is currently engaged.
NOTICE
The present volume is offered to readers as a public servicein the hopes of encouraging reflection and action aimed at deepening,and realizing, the project of individual and collective autonomy on aworldwide basis in all its manifestations. Neither any website that would make the electronic versionavailable nor any other distributor who may come forward in anymedium is currently authorized to accept any financial remunerationfor this service. "The anonymous Translator/Editor" (T/E) will thusnot receive, nor will T/E accept, any monetary payment or other compensation for his labor as a result of this free circulation of ideas.Anyone who downloads or otherwise makes use of this tomeis suggested to make a free-will donation to those who have presentedthemselves as the legal heirs of Cornelius Castoriadis: CybèleCastoriadis, Sparta Castoriadis, and Zoé Castoriadis. Either cash or checks in any currency made payable simply to "Castoriadis" may besent to the following address:Castoriadis 1, rue de l'Alboni 75016 Paris FRANCEA suggested contribution is five (5) dollars (U.S.) or five (5) euros.The aforesaid legal heirs are totally unaware of thisundertaking, and so it will be completely for each individual user todecide, on his or her own responsibility (a word not to be takenlightly), whether or not to make such a contribution—which does notconstitute any sort of legal acknowledgment. It is entirely unknownhow these heirs will react, nor can it be guessed whether receipt of funds will affect their subsequent legal or moral decisions regardingsimilar undertakings in the future.
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Nevertheless, it is recommendedthat each user contact, by electronic mail or by other means, at leastten (10) persons or organizations, urging them to obtain a copy of the book in this way or offering these persons or organizations gift copies.It is further recommended that each of these persons or organizationsin turn make ten (10) additional contacts under the same terms andcircumstances, and so on and so forth, for the purpose of furtheringthis nonhierarchical and disinterested "pyramid scheme" designed tospread Castoriadis’s thought without further hindrance.
 
CONTENTS
 Noticeii Books by Cornelius Castoriadis Published in Englishwith Standard Abbreviationsv Books by Cornelius Castoriadis Published in Frenchwith Standard Abbreviationsvii French EditorsPrefacexi French EditorsNoticexiv ForewordxviiOn the Translationlxvi
PART I: POI
SIS
§Aeschylean Anthropogony and Sophoclean Self-Creationof Man (1991)5§Notes on a Few Poetic Means (1996)39
PART II: KOIN
Æ
NIA
§The "Rationality" of Capitalism (1997)81§Imaginary and Imagination at the Crossroads(1997)123§First Institution of Societyand Second-Order Institutions (1986)153
PART III: POLIS
§Heritage and Revolution (1996)173§What Democracy? (1990)195

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