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After Merleau-Ponty: Castoriadis, Living Being, World

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This chapter considers Merleau-Ponty as a significant source not only for Cornelius Castoriadis' early trajectory but also for his later philosophy, too. Several openings into such a discussion are easy to find, the present paper takes up Castoriadis' unfinished philosophy of nature, which is little discussed in secondary literature. Unlike Merleau-Ponty, Castoriadis' road to ontology was not by way of reconsideration of nature, but through a rethinking of history, creation and the imagination. The chapter emphasizes two aspects; (i) Castoriadis' poly-regional ontology of for-itself, with especial reference to the living being and his contribution to an elaboration of the being of the world; and (ii) Castoriadis' later approach to the living being is contextualized as part of a critical Naturphilosophie. It aims to sketch some contours of Castoriadis' later philosophy as part of post-Merleau-Pontian field, with a particular focus on the living being as part of a wider Naturphilosophie.

Keywords: Cornelius Castoriadis'; Living Being; Merleau-Ponty; Naturphilosophie; ontology; World



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