Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This is the introductory chapter of the book, which begins with an examination of Castoriadis' thesis that society is a form of self creation. The book then explores Castoriadis' concept of creation ex nihilo against the background of his critique of traditional logic-ontology and of traditional theoretical approaches to society and history. The concepts of the 'imaginary' and of 'social imaginary significations', as the form of self-creation and mode of being specific to society respectively, are then introduced. A large part of the second half of the book is devoted to dealing with the enormously complex issues raised by Castoriadis' ontological reflections. The book concludes with an exploration of the cultural and historical dimensions of the issue, which aims to return us to the problems of society, history and the relationship between autonomy and heteronomy.

Keywords: Castoriadis; traditional logic-ontology



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Castoriadis: Psyche, Society, Autonomy — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation