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Castoriadis's Ontology: Being and Creation (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy) Paperback – June 1, 2011

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  • Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823234592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823234592
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,200,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzi Adams is the first to examine and evaluate Castoriadis' ontological and,broadly speaking, anthropological thinking in the full complexity of its splendor. Hers is a gesture of Ariadne, because she makes the self-ascribed labyrinthine architecture of Castoriadis' thought meaningfully tangible. Such precise and yet expansive interrogation is nowadays altogether rare.-Stathis Gourgouris

Quite simply, this type and level of analytic work on Castoriadis is overdue.-Kyoo Lee

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Suzi Adams is Lecturer in Social Theory and Sociology at Flinders University, Adelaide.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By stone on September 19, 2012
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As a non-philosopher with a largely science background I found this a wonderfully comprehensive and mainly lucid detailed summary Castoriadis' work - a great achievement. Castoriadis must be among our greatest recent philosophers and is one of the most relevant to science and anthropology as well as politics and theology. The centrality of human creativity and invention is an essential theme and has been largely ignored by philosophers. Castoriadis is mostly relatively easy to read and has a quirky sense of humor, with a highly original and prolific output concerning the being of humanity and the natural world. Suzi Adams presents his thinking and conclusions, including many obscure works and others not in English, and adds her own incisive insights and critiques, extending Castoriadis to his limits and beyond in a solid and thought-provoking way. I was very grateful for the inclusion of the later works and thinking, which were not well known to me, and the way she brings together strains running through many different publications and interviews. The implications of Castoriadis' thought - and her own - are deep and highly significant to the betterment of the whole community - a must read (though sometimes difficult - I confess the meaning of some of the last chapter escaped me) for political leaders, business executives and theologians in particular. As a non-philosopher unfamiliar with other languages I would have appreciated a glossary of the abundant French and German terms. This work deserves to be widely read and acted upon, but would also need a summary of Castoriadis' terminology for those who have not read him.
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By José Monserrat Neto on August 4, 2014
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