Castoriadis and critical theory: crisis, critique and radical alternatives

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    Combining philosophical and political analysis, this study offers a comprehensive reassessment of Castoriadis' contribution to critical theory in and through his critical confrontation with both the crisis of the traditional Left and the crisis of modern capitalist societies. The key concepts of 'crisis' and 'critique' are considered throughout the text and Castoriadis' ideas are situated in a critical debate with other radical thinkers, such as Lefort, Pannekoek, Arendt, Althusser, Axelos, Papaioannou and Marx. The study supplies an extensive analysis and explores the contemporary relevance of Castoriadis' views regarding the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Hungarian revolt of 1956 and the events of May 1968 in France. It argues for a re-radicalization of his thought in light of the current capitalist crisis and seeks to trace his radical alternative to crisis by critically examining and further elaborating his positions with respect to socialism, autonomy and revolution.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBasingstoke
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages183
    ISBN (Electronic)9781137034465
    ISBN (Print)9781137034458, 9781349441846
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


    • Politics
    • Marxism
    • Political philosophy, theory and thought
    • Sociology
    • Capitalism
    • Philosophy and religion
    • Political and social philosophy
    • Social theory
    • Castoriadis, Cornelius, 1922–1997
    • Critical theory


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