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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

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