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Cornelius Castoriadis’s Break With Marxism

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Compared to the debates within the Trotskyist movement, the analysis presented in Cornelius Castoriadis's Relations of Production in Russia was an achievement. The examination of the hypothesis led gradually to a dismantling of the entire Marxist system; the inconsistency of the system's conclusions necessitated a critique that ended up calling into question the premises. What Castoriadis reproaches Marx for is his affinity to the project of an economic science modelled on the natural sciences and his abandonment of the idea of a critique of political economy: 'In economics, there are links, repetitions, "local" and partial regularities, general tendencies; there is such a thing as the intelligibility of economic phenomena, as long as one never forgets that if one is to understand anything, one has to re-immerse the economic in the socio historical'.

Keywords: Cornelius Castoriadis; Marxist economics; political economy

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