A Society Adrift: Interviews and Debates, 1974-1997 / Edition 2

A Society Adrift: Interviews and Debates, 1974-1997 / Edition 2

by Cornelius Castoriadis, Myrto Gondicas, Pascal Vernay
     
 

This posthumous collection of interviews and occasional papers given by Castoriadis between 1974 and 1997 is a lively, direct introduction to the thinking of a writer who never abandoned his radically critical stance. It provides a clear, handy résumé of his political ideas, in advance of their times and profoundly relevant to today's world.

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This posthumous collection of interviews and occasional papers given by Castoriadis between 1974 and 1997 is a lively, direct introduction to the thinking of a writer who never abandoned his radically critical stance. It provides a clear, handy résumé of his political ideas, in advance of their times and profoundly relevant to today's world.

For this political thinker and longtime militant (co-founder with Claude Lefort of the revolutionary group "Socialisme ou Barbarie"), economist, psychoanalyst, and philosopher, two endless interrogations-how to understand the world and life in society-were intertwined with his own life and combats.

Castoriadis constantly returns to the question of democracy as the never-finished, deliberate creation by the people of societal institutions, analyzing its past and its future in the Western world. He scathingly criticizes "representative" democracy and develops a conception of direct democracy extending to all spheres of social life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823230938
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
01/04/2010
Edition description:
2
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Note to the French Edition vii

Translator's Postscriptum xiii

Part I Itinerary

The Project of Autonomy Is Not a Utopia (1992) 3

Why I Am No Longer a Marxist (1974) 11

Imaginary Significations (1982) 45

Response to Richard Rorty (1995) 69

On Wars in Europe (1992) 83

Part II Interventions

On the Possibility of Creating a New Form of Society (1977) 103

What Political Parties Cannot Do (1979) 117

Present Issues for Democracy (1986) 125

These Are Bad Times (1986) 130

Do Vanguards Exist? (1987) 135

What Revolution Is (1987) 144

Neither a Historical Necessity nor Simply an "Ethical" Exigency: A Political and Human Exigency (1988) 151

When the East Swings to the West (1989) 156

The Market, Capitalism, and Democracy (1990) 161

"Democracy" without Citizens' Participation (1991) 166

The Gulf War: Setting Things Straight (1991) 171

Gorbachev: Neither Reform nor Backtracking (1991) 176

On War, Religion, and Politics (1991) 183

Communism, Fascism, and Emancipation (1991) 190

Ecology against the Merchants (1992) 194

The Revolutionary Potency of Ecology (1992) 197

A Society Adrift (1993) 206

On Political Judgment (1995) 216

Neither Resignation nor Archaism (1995) 220

A Rising Tide of Significancy? (1996) 223

A Singular Trajectory (1997) 230

Chronology and Bio-Bibliography 239

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