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Castoriadis, Foucault and Autonomy : New Approaches to Subjectivity, Society and Social Change

Tovar-Restrepo, Marcela


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  • Title:
    Castoriadis, Foucault and Autonomy : New Approaches to Subjectivity, Society and Social Change
  • Author: Tovar-Restrepo, Marcela
  • Description: This book examines Cornelius Castoriadis' thought and the radical alternative it presents to the legacy of Michel Foucault, focusing on three key notions that are central in both scholars' theories: the subject, the production of social meaning and representation, and social/cultural change. Castoriadis and Foucault faced similar theoretical and political challenges and tackled common questions, yet their conclusions diverged significantly. This important book establishes, for the first time, a critical dialogue between these two bodies of thought. Through a detailed exploration of the Castoridian perspective, Marcela Tovar-Restrepo addresses the limitations of Foucault's poststructuralist thought -- exploring and comparing what those three central notions mean in each framework. In so doing, Tovar-Restrepo elucidates a greater understanding of their differences and the resulting consequences for the social sciences and the role of social theory. Ultimately, this book presents Castoriadis' philosophical and theoretical position as an alternative to unresolved poststructuralist problems and to what Castoriadis saw as a deterministic ontology embedded in political relativism -- paving the way for an invigorating debate about autonomy and social change..
    Intro -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication Page -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: The Socialisme ou Barbarie Period (1949–65) -- Early Productions of Cornelius Castoriadis: The Socialisme ou Barbarie Period: 1949–65 -- Chapter 2: Cornelius Castoriadis’ Ontology of Creation -- The Radical Imaginary -- The Existing-Being -- The Social-Historical as the Anonymous Collective’s Creation -- Social Closure and Autonomy -- Chapter 3: Agency and Autonomy in Castoriadis -- Agency and the Subject -- The Creation of Social Meaning and Representation: Imaginary Social Significations and Social Institutions -- Heteronomy, Autonomy, and Social Change -- Chapter 4: Michel Foucault: The Game of Power and Resistance -- Foucault and Poststructuralism -- Early and Late Foucault: From Archaeology to the Technologies of the Self -- Power/Knowledge, History, and Transformation -- Chapter 5: Society Over the Subject -- Foucault on the Subject -- Representation and Social Meaning in Foucault -- Why Should We Change? -- Chapter 6: Castoriadis versus Foucault: Concluding Remarks -- Notes -- Introduction -- Chapter 1 -- Chapter 2 -- Chapter 3 -- Chapter 4 -- Chapter 5 -- Bibliography -- Foucault References -- Castoriadis Reference -- Index -- .
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Publisher: London: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
  • Identifier: E-ISBN: 9781441151766 ; ISBN: 9781472523686
  • Subjects: Castoriadis, Cornelius, -- 1922-1997 ; Foucault, Michel, -- 1926-1984 ; Philosophy, French -- 20th century -- History and criticism
  • Language: English
  • Source: Ebook Central Perpetual and DDA titles (ProQuest)

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