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Self-Creation And Autonomy

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Society is a form of self-creation. Castoriadis' radical re-thinking of the nature of society offers a possible solution. "Society," Castoriadis asserts, "is a form of self-creation". No physical, biological or psychological laws determine the shape and function of society. In attempting to clarify the concepts of 'heteronomy' and 'autonomy' who is the 'self' and who is the 'other', one cannot assume a simple identity of categories across cultures and histories. The 'selfs' of heteronomy/autonomy are individuals and concrete collectivities comprised of individuals. These individuals are co-products of society and psyche. They register the edicts and demands of both the collective anonymous and the Unconscious to varying degrees depending on the context, experience these as alien impositions.

Keywords: Castoriadis; self-creation; social autonomy



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