Postscript on Insignificance: Dialogues with Cornelius Castoriadis

Author(s): Cornelius Castoriadis

Philosophy & Religion | Philosophy

This title is a collection of interviews in which Cornelius Castoriadis discusses his key works and ideas. Cornelius Castoriadis (1922-1997) was a philosopher, social critic, political activist, practicing psychoanalyst and professional economist. His work is widely recognized as one of the most singular and important contributions to twentieth-century thought. In this collection of interviews, Castoriadis discusses some of his most important ideas with leading figures in the disciplines that play such a crucial part in his philosophical work: poetry, psychoanalysis, biology and mathematics. Available in English for the first time, these interviews provide a concise and accessible introduction to his work as a whole, allowing him to draw on the astounding breadth of his knowledge (ranging from philosophy and mathematics to political theory and psychoanalysis). They also render Castoriadis' cutting, polemical and entertaining style while displaying the originality and clarity of his primary concepts. Intellectually provoking, this timely collection shows how Castoriadis' polemics are sharp and riveting, his conceptual manoeuvres rigorous and original, and his passion inspiring. This is an excellent introduction to one of Europe's most important intellectuals.


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Cornelius Castoriadis (1922-1997) was a Greek-French philosopher, economist and psychoanalyst. He taught at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and is best known for The Imaginary Institution of Society (trans. Kathleen Blamey, MIT Press, 1998). His work has had a profound influence on many contemporary European thinkers, including Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou and Jacques Ranciere. John V. Garner is a PhD candidate in philosophy at Villanova University, USA. Gabriel Rockhill is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University, USA. He also teaches at the Centre Parisien d'Etudes Critiques and the College International de Philosophie, France. He publications include Jacques Ranciere: Politics, Art, History (Duke UP, 2009).

Editor's Introduction; Part I: Postscript on Insignificance; 'Neither God, Nor Caesar, Nor Tribune!...': Interview with David Mermet; Part II: Dialogues; Preface: Introduction to Discussants; Rejoinders: 'Facing Modernity' - 'France Culture' dialogue with Octavio Paz; Interview with Jean-Luc Donnet; Interview with Francisco Varela; Interview with Alain Connes; Bibliography of Castoriadis' Works; Index.

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  • : 9781441108708
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : February 2011
  • : books

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  • : Cornelius Castoriadis
  • : Paperback
  • : 160