On Plato's "Statesman"

On Plato's "Statesman"✺ [BOOKS] ✮ On Plato's "Statesman" By Cornelius Castoriadis ❄ – Heartforum.co.uk This posthumous book represents the first publication of one of the seminars of Cornelius Castoriadis, a renowned and influential figure in twentieth century thought A close reading of Plato s Statesm This posthumous book represents the first publication of one of the seminars of Cornelius Castoriadis, a renowned and influential figure in twentieth century thought A close reading of Plato s Statesman, it is an exemplary instance of Castoriadis s pragmatic, pertinent, and discriminating approach to thinking and reading a great work I mean really reading it, by respecting it without respecting it, by going into the recesses and details without having decided in advance that everything it contains is coherent, homogeneous, makes sense, and is true Castoriadis On Plato's ePUB × brings out what he calls The Statesman s quirky structure, with its three digressions, its eight incidental points, and its two definitions, neither of which is deemed good He does not hesitate to differ with the text, to show that what is, in appearance, secondary is really essential, and that the denunciation of the Sophists accommodates itself quite well to the use of sophistical procedures Castoriadis shows how The Statesman takes us into the heart of what is distinctive in the late Plato blending, acceptance of the mixed, of the intermediate These transcriptions of Cornelius s afford the reader an opportunity to discover his trenchant, convincing, energetic, provocative, and often droll voice Here is a hitherto unknown Castoriadis, who reflects as he speaks, collects himself, corrects himself, and doesn t hesitate to revisit key points In short, this is Castoriadis s thinking in action.

Cornelius Castoriadis Greek was a Greek philosopher, social critic, economist, psychoanalyst, author of The Imaginary Institution of Society, and co founder of the Socialisme ou Barbarie groupEdgar Morin proposed that Castoriadis work will be remembered for its remarkable continuity and coherence as well as for its extraordinary breadth which was encyclopaedic in the original Greek sense, for it offered us a paideia, or education, that brought full circle our cycle of otherwise compartmentalized knowledge in the arts and sciences Castoriadis wrote essays on mathematics, physics, biology, anthropology, On Plato's ePUB × psychoanalysis, linguistics, society, economics, politics, philosophy, and artOne of Castoriadis many important contributions to social theory was the idea that social change involves radical discontinuities that cannot be understood in terms of any determinate causes or presented as a sequence of events Change emerges through the social imaginary without determinations, but in order to be socially recognized must be instituted as revolution Any knowledge of society and social change can exist only by referring to, or by positing, singular entities which figure and presentify social imaginary significations Castoriadis used traditional terms as much as possible, though consistently redefining them Further, some of his terminology changed throughout the later part of his career, with the terms gaining greater consistency but breaking from their traditional meaning neologisms When reading Castoriadis, it is helpful to understand what he means by the terms he uses, since he does not redefine the terms in every piece where he employs them Castoriadis has influenced European especially continental thought in important ways His interventions in sociological and political theory have resulted in some of the most well known writing to emerge from the continent especially in the figure of J rgen Habermas, who often can be seen to be writing against Castoriadis Hans Joas published a number of articles in American journals in order to highlight the importance of Castoriadis work to a North American sociological audience, and the enduring importance of Johann P Arnason, both for his critical engagement with Castoriadis thought, but also for his sustained efforts to introduce Castoriadis thought to the English speaking public especially during his editorship of the journal Thesis Eleven must also be noted In the last few years, there has been growing interest in Castoriadis s thought, including the publication of two monographs authored by Arnason s former students Jeff Klooger s Castoriadis Psyche, Society, Autonomy Brill , and Suzi Adams s Castoriadis s Ontology Being and Creation Fordham University Press.

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  • Paperback
  • 264 pages
  • On Plato's "Statesman"
  • Cornelius Castoriadis
  • English
  • 16 May 2019
  • 080474145X

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