In this vibrant debate with intellectuals influenced by Marcel Mauss, including Alain Caille and Chantal Mouffe, the incisive Greek-French activist and philosopher Cornelius Castoriadis addresses the challenge of critical thinking in an international context.
The first half explores the tradition of radical self-critique and the prospect of affirming its value in a non-ethnocentric way. While defending ancient Greek contributions to the Western tradition of radical self-critique - including the practice of "relativizing" one's own culture, of engaging in philosophical interrogation, and of establishing democratic institutions - Castoriadis is challenged to explore the trans-contextual features of any self-critical, or "autonomous," social institution. In the second half Castoriadis offers a penetrating critique of representative democracy, and the discussion makes important strides toward a new conception of direct democracy, of political education, and of the institutional prerequisites for the continuation of radical self-critique in politics and philosophy.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International ISBN: 9781786610942 Number of pages: 142 Weight: 295 g Dimensions: 219 x 146 x 17 mm
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