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Vrasidas Karalis on Cornelius Castoriadis


21 September 2006

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Cornelius Castoriadis
Cornelius Castoriadis

Cornelius Castoriadis is one of the most provocative and contradictory philosophers of the 20th century.

After his departure from Marxism and communism he struggled to articulate a new vision for politics and society, a vision that would incorporate the need of individuals to find an autonomous definition of themselves. His critique of modern societies as imposing structures that transform individuals into heteronomous subjects led him to the radical re-invention of democracy as the politics of self-institution by reflective conscience through active political involvement.

Overall, his philosophy is characterised by a tragic vision of politics without religious redeemers or political messiahs, yet with a positive optimism for the future of rational thinking and rational societies.

This lecture was presented by Associate Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Chair of Modern Greek Studies.

Entry is free. No bookings necessary.

Other upcoming lectures in the series:

4 October - Walter Benjamin

11 October - Norbert Elias

18 October - Karl Marx

Contact: Nicholas Haskins

Phone: 9036 7219

Email:nicholas.haskins@rihss.usyd.edu.au