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Determination And The Logic Of Indeterminate Being

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According to Castoriadis, all magmas are ensemblisable. Every magma incorporates an ensidic dimension. This is what Castoriadis seems to affirm when he argues that "What is bears with it an ensemblistic-identitary dimension-or an ensemblistic-identitary part everywhere dense". On the other hand, it sometimes seems that he wishes to locate the ensidic dimension of being primarily or even exclusively within one or more 'strata' of Being. Castoriadis' use of 'ensemblisation' encompasses a variety of different but interrelated activities of formation/ determining. 'Ensemblisation' signifies representation; it signifies self-formation, a category which includes both presentation and representation proper as specific types of self-formation. As Castoriadis insists, the stratification of Being is not merely or essentially 'synchronic', it is 'diachronic'. Being is not just stratified, it is stratifying, it is the 'creation' of new strata.

Keywords: Castoriadis; ensemblisation; magma; strata



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