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Creation, Society And The Imaginary

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In order to focus one's attention on the radical and heterodox aspects of the concept of creation, Castoriadis draws a distinction between 'difference' and 'otherness'. To acknowledge the reality of creation forces us to question even the determinacy of the apparently determinate. Castoriadis divides the available models of society and history into two basic types: the physicalist and the logicist. The physicalist type is characterised by the ultimate reduction of society and history to nature. The logicist type includes all those approaches which attempt to explain society and history by reference to an underlying logic (meaningful or otherwise) which determines the generation and/or arrangement of a finite number of elements. One aspect of the relationship between social imaginary significations and the social order has to do with the relation between the former and what Castoriadis terms the 'abstract materiality' of society.

Keywords: Castoriadis; creation; social imaginary significations; society



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