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Autonomy, Democracy and Social Creativity: The Case of Castoriadis’ Work
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6107-735X
2016 (English)In: Presumed autonomy, 2016Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cornelius Castoriadis is well-known for his manifesto against bureaucratic societies, published by the radical left group Socialisme ou Barbarie in 1948. He developed an trenchant critique of bureaucratic societies in the Cold War. According to him, the western bureaucracies were fragmented, as these societies still had fundamental values, whereas bureaucracies adopted a total form in the East. Socialisme ou Barbarie was marginal and disappeared just before the events of May 1968. While Castoriadis sought to define his theory of autonomy in a philosophical way, he also proposed a new aesthetics based on the idea of creativity. What are the characteristics of this social creativity according to Castoriadis? My hypothesis is that the last work of Castoriadis proposed the outlines of an aesthetics of autonomy. I will examine the corpus of references that Castoriadis used to qualify this creative force specific to autonomous societies.

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Creativity, autonomy, aesthetics, tragedy, democracy
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130282OAI: diva2:928036
Presumed autonomy (Stockholm University, 10-13 May 2016)
Available from: 2016-05-13 Created: 2016-05-13 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically approved

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