Castoriadis and social theory: from marginalization to canonization to re-radicalization

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    This chapter examines Cornelius Castoriadis's trajectory from obscurity and the margins of post-war French intellectual and political milieu to the misappropriation and canonization of his thought after the 1970s and argues for a re-radicalization of his thought. First, it considers his formative experience in Greece and examines how the post-war French political, economic and ideological conditions and the group and journal Socialisme ou Barbarie contributed to Castoriadis's radicalization. The chapter explores some reasons for the rising interest in the social and political thought of Cornelius Castoriadis, expressed in both academic and political circles after the 1970s and has led not only to his international recognition but also to a triple diversion of the political and radical meaning of his theorizing. After the 1970s, Castoriadis's radical and left critique of totalitarianism, Marx and Marxism was misconstrued and misused by the new philosophers'. The chapter concludes by arguing for a need to restore to Castoriadis's work its proper political and radical problematic.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSociological amnesia
    Subtitle of host publicationcross-currents in disciplinary history
    EditorsAlex Law, Eric Royal Lybeck
    Place of PublicationFarnham
    PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
    Chapter11
    Pages181-196
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315609737
    ISBN (Print)9781472442345
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2015

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    NameClassical and contemporary social theory
    PublisherAshgate

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    Memos, C. (2015). Castoriadis and social theory: from marginalization to canonization to re-radicalization. In A. Law, & E. R. Lybeck (Eds.), Sociological amnesia: cross-currents in disciplinary history (pp. 181-196). (Classical and contemporary social theory). Ashgate Publishing Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315609737