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Interventions in Contemporary ThoughtHistory, Politics, Aesthetics$
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Gabriel Rockhill

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474405355

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405355.001.0001

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Castoriadis and the Tradition of Radical Critique

Castoriadis and the Tradition of Radical Critique

(p.139) Chapter 5 Castoriadis and the Tradition of Radical Critique
Interventions in Contemporary Thought

Gabriel Rockhill

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter turns to the work of one of the major philosophic figures in France to have stalwartly resisted the theoretical constellation of the philosophy of difference, in part through his identification with a tradition of radical critique that calls into question the standard academic role of philosophy and redefines it as ‘the attempt to think the totality of the thinkable.’ Situating his work in relationship to the so-called structuralists and post-structuralists, it presents the fundamental stakes of his broad intellectual project by providing a succinct but comprehensive account of how his historical ontology and his defense of political autonomy form the backdrop for his writings on aesthetics and psychoanalysis.

Keywords:   Historical ontology, revolutionary politics, aesthetics, psychoanalysis, radical critique, Castoriadis

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