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Ricoeur and Castoriadis in Discussion

On Human Creation, Historical Novelty, and the Social Imaginary

By Suzi Adams

Part of the series Social Imaginaries

Publication Date: Sep 2017

Pages 208

Hardback 9781786601346
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This book features a highly significant discussion between Paul Ricoeur and Cornelius Castoriadis. Recorded for Radio France (Culture) in 1985, it is the only known encounter between these two great philosophers of the imagination. Their wide ranging conversation covers such themes as the productive imagination, human creation, social imaginaries, and the possibility of historical novelty; it reveals points of surprising commonality as well as divergence in their approaches. The dialogue is supplemented by critical essays by specialist scholars in Castoriadis and Ricoeur studies, and includes contributions from Johann P. Arnason, George H. Taylor, François Dosse, Johann Michel, Jean-Luc Amalric, and Suzi Adams. The book is a must read for all scholars interested in Ricoeur and Castoriadis studies, as well as those interested in debates on the possibilities and limits of human creation, and the importance of the imagination for social change.
Editor’s Foreword Suzi Adams / Preface: Situating Castoriadis and Ricoeur Johann P. Arnason / Preface to the French Edition Johann Michel (trans. Scott Davidson) / 1. Dialogue on History and the Social Imaginary Paul Ricoeur and Cornelius Castoriadis (trans. Scott Davidson) / 2. On the Cusp: Ricoeur and Castoriadis at the Boundary George H. Taylor / 3. Castoriadis and Ricoeur on Meaning and History: Contrasts and Convergences Johann P. Arnason / 4. Ricoeur and Castoriadis: The Productive Imagination Between Mediation and Origin Jean-Luc Amalric / 5. Castoriadis and Ricoeur on the Hermeneutic Spiral and the Meaning of History: Creation, Interpretation, Critique Suzi Adams / 6. The Social Imaginary as Engine of History in Ricoeur and Castoriadis by François Dosse (trans. Natalie J. Doyle) / Contributor Bios
Suzi Adams is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Flinders University, Australia. She is the author of Castoriadis’s Ontology: Being and Creation (2011), and editor of Cornelius Castoriadis: Key Concepts (2014) and Cornelius Castoriadis: Critical Encounters (a special issue of the European Journal of Social Theory, 2012, co-edited with Ingerid Straume).

Contributors: Johann P. Arnason, Jean-Luc Amalric, François Dosse, Johann Michel, George Taylor