Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 14, No 3 (2018)

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Auto-Poiesis: The Self and the Principle of Creativity in the Philosophical Anthropology and Psychoanalysis of Cornelius Castoriadis

Maria Kli


The principle of creativity constitutes a central point in the philosophical-anthropological as much as in the psychoanalytic work of the Greek philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis. In Castoriadis's thought the creative praxis of the human being is dependent on the innate imaginary force. The purpose of this article is to elaborate the way that subjectivity and the social field are constituted and interconnected through the unfolding of two fundamental concepts of Castoriadis, the radical imaginary which applies to the psyche and the social imaginary which applies to the social. The text aims to point out that Castoriadis's intention was to make thinkable the content of autonomy in psychoanalytic terms of an "exchange" between the conscious and the unconscious that unleashes the creative potentiality of the psyche, and also becomes a precondition of political autonomy.  

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