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Philosophy and theatre: Cornelius Castoriadis and the Imaginery Structures of Meanings in Theatre and Performance, in Vrasidas Karalis (ed.): Cornelius Castoriadis and Radical Democracy, Brill, Leiden & Boston 2014, 117-136.

Philosophy and theatre: Cornelius Castoriadis and the Imaginery Structures of Meanings in Theatre and Performance, in Vrasidas Karalis (ed.): Cornelius Castoriadis and Radical Democracy, Brill, Leiden & Boston 2014, 117-136.
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   Cornelius Castoriadis and Radical Democracy  Edited by  Vrasidas Karalis 󰁌󰁅󰁉󰁄󰁅󰁎 | 󰁂󰁏󰁓󰁔󰁏󰁎 This is a digital o󰁦fprint for restricted use only | © 2014 Koninklijke Brill NV   Contents  Acknowledgements  vii Notes on Contributors  viii  Note on Translation  xii   Prologue  xiii Vrasidas Karalis Introduction to Cornelius Castoriadis’ Early Essays   1 Vrasidas Karalis 󰁰󰁡󰁲󰁴 1 Essays by Cornelius Castoriadis 21  Author’s Introduction to the Publication of the 1988 Edition   23 Cornelius CastoriadisTranslated by Vrasidas Karalis and Anthony Stephens 1 Directions of the Journal Sociological and Ethical Archive   25 Cornelius CastoriadisTranslated by Vrasidas Karalis and Anthony Stephens 2 On the Work of Max Weber    32 Cornelius CastoriadisTranslated by Vrasidas Karalis and Anthony Stephens 3 Obituary for A[gis] Stinas   59 Cornelius CastoriadisTranslated by Vrasidas Karalis and Anthony Stephens 󰁰󰁡󰁲󰁴 2 Essays on Castoriadis 67 4 The Choral Ode from  Antigone : “πολὰ τὰ δεινὰ [...]” Refracted Through Cornelius Castoriadis and Martin Heidegger    69  Anthony Stephens 5 Aesthetics and Autonomy    87  Andrew Cooper  This is a digital o󰁦fprint for restricted use only | © 2014 Koninklijke Brill NV    󰁶󰁩 󰁣󰁯󰁮󰁴󰁥󰁮󰁴󰁳 6 Philosophy and Theatre: Cornelius Castoriadis on the Imaginary Structure of Meanings in Theatre and Performance   117 George P. Pefanis 7 Bureaucratic Capitalism and the work of Cornelius Castoriadis   137  Peter Murphy 8 Contexts of Capitalism: From the ‘Unlimited Extension of “Rational Mastery”’ to Civilizational Varieties of Accumulation and Economic Imagination   158  Jeremy Smith 9 Between Modernism and Postmodernism: Castoriadis and the Politics of Heterodox Marxism   177 Simon Tormey 10 Between Creative Democracy and Democratic Creativity    196 Craig Browne 11 Imagining Democracy    218  Je󰁦f Klooger  12 Autonomy, Oligarchy, Statesman : Weber, Castoriadis and the Fragility of Politics 235  John Rundell  13 Radical Democratic Subjectivity: Possibilities and Limits   262 Toula Nicolacopoulos and George Vassilacopoulos  Index    291This is a digital o󰁦fprint for restricted use only | © 2014 Koninklijke Brill NV   © 󰁫󰁯󰁮􀁩󰁮󰁫󰁬􀁩󰁪󰁫󰁥 󰁢󰁲􀁩󰁬󰁬 󰁮󰁶, 󰁬󰁥􀁩󰁤󰁥󰁮, 󐀲􀀰󐀱􀀴 | 󰁤󰁯􀁩 󐀱􀀰.󐀱󐀱󰀶󐀳/󰀹󰀷󰀸󰀹󰀰󰀰􀀴󐀲󰀷󰀸􀀵󰀸􀀵_􀀰􀀰󰀸 This is a digital o􀁦fprint for restricted use only | © 2014 Koninklijke Brill NV 󰁣󰁨󰁡󰁰󰁴󰁥󰁲 6 Philosophy and Theatre : Cornelius Castoriadis on the Imaginary Structure of Meanings in Theatre and Performance George P. Pefanis In the context of theatre studies, Greek philosophical thought has been mostly represented by the ancient philosophers, namely by Plato and  Aristotle. Nevertheless, the study of Cornelius Castoriadis’s thought about social imaginary and the function of art will be probably very fruit-ful in focusing on the creative character of theatre performance. This paper is an essay of formatting an intelligible dialogue between Castoriadis, Lehmann and Gilles Deleuze-Felix Guattari, concerning the structure and the constructive character of meanings in the theatre (text and performance)—an era where “there is no image that does not have a minimum meaning and there is no meaning that is not borne by an image”—as well as the role of social imaginary with regard to the post-modern or to the so-called postdramatic theatre.“What holds a society together is the holding-together of its world of signiij󰁩cations”󰀱Contemplating on the meanders of theory of the last decades of the 20th cen-tury the notion of something constantly dying becomes apparent. It is a feel-ing that a socio-historical world is losing some of its organic parts. After the death of God (Nietzsche), of the father (Freud), follow the death of the man (Foucault), of the writer, of the subject, the end of history and ideologies, even the end of theory.󰀲 􀀱 Castoriadis, C. (1987). The Imaginary Institution of Society . Cambridge: Polity Press.􀀲 Stathis Gourgouris (2006: 500) believes that those who preach the end of ideologies (or the end of history) are like children who invent an incoherent language of their own to ij󰁩ll their inner emptiness. The real end implied—although evident to all of us—is the worst night-mare of liberalism, the end of the search for happiness. Gourgouris Stathis, (2006)  Does  Literature Think? Literature as Theory For an Antimythical Era . Athens: Nefeli.  118 󰁰󰁥󰁦󰁡󰁮􀁩󰁳 This is a digital o􀁦fprint for restricted use only | © 2014 Koninklijke Brill NV In the theories of theatre “deaths” are imported from other cognitive ij󰁩elds. It is the shift of the paradigm that is preferred, the epistemological turns to point out the deconstruction of some canonistic entities or even the “crises”—a mild term that does not name death but the abolition of a basic principal or of a structural relation: the crisis of the myth, of the dramatis personae or the character, of the dialogue and the relation between the audience and the stage. But what is really dying? What is subject to crisis? From a general point of view it is the representa-tion as a way of conceiving and expressing the world of men that is in crisis, at least in these actions and phenomena that are subject to theatricality.󰀳 What is re-presented on stage is presupposed o􀁦f stage and conducts a possibility of reproducing itself. The crisis of representation could therefore mean the crisis of the priority—in terms of ontology—of the represented subject to the action of re-presentation, of the text to the action on stage, of the dramatis personae to the actor impersonating it. From the point of view of the theatre and philo-sophical problematic, a closer reading of some texts by Cornelius Castoriadis and a focus on basic points of his thinking on imaginary meanings and social creation would be interesting.Castoriadis (1922–1997), a multidimensional and pivotal ij󰁩gure in the ij󰁩elds of philosophy, epistemology, psychoanalysis and political thinking is closely related to the opening of the scene, the breaking of the established ways of thinking and acting, the creation of new ways of instituting society.󰀴 The notion of creation runs through his entire work. At the bedrock of this notion a thought on art is developed, sometimes on theatre in particular, deriving from the mythos󰀵 and 􀀳 Fischer-Lichte, E. (2001). Theatralität und die Krisen der Repräsentation . Stuttgart: Metzler.󐀴 Among recent studies on Castoriadis see Bachofen Blaise—Sion Elbaz—Nicolas Poirier— Jean-Claude Poizat: 2008 Cornelius Castoriadis: Réinventer l’autonomie , Paris: Editions du Sandre; Caumières Philippe, 2007 Castoriadis: Le projet d’autonomie . Paris: Michalon; Labelle Gilles’ 2001 “Two refoundation projects of democracy in contemporary French philosophy: Cornelius Castoriadis and Jacques Rancière”,  Philosophy and Social Criticism 27/4: 75–103; Poirier Nicolas, 2004 Castoriadis: L’imaginaire radical  . Paris: 󰁐.󰁕.󰁆.; 2011  L’ontologie politique de Cornélius Castoriadis. Création et Institution . Paris: Payot; Prat Jean-Louis; 2006  Introduction à Castoriadis . Paris: La Découverte.󐀵 Castoriadis, C. (2007a).  Ε󰎻ηνική ιδιαιτερότητα. Τόµος A΄. Από τον Όµηρο στον Ηράκλειτο. Η  Σεµινάρια 1982–1983 . pp. 249–28. Αθήνα: Κριτική. See also Castoriadis Cornelius’ 1987 The  Imaginary Institution of Society . Cambridge: Polity Press; 1991 Τα σταυροδρόµια του λαβύρινθου , ( The Crossroads of Labyrinth ).=Athens: Ypsilon; 1992 Ο θρυµµατισµένος κόσµος   ( The World in  Fragments ), Athens: Ypsilon; 1993   “Αισχύλεια ανθρωπογονία και σοφόκλεια αυτοδηµιουργία τουανθρώπου” (“Aeschylean Anthropology and Sophoclean Self-Creation of Anthropos”) in   Ανθρωπολογία, πολιτική, φιλοσοφία. Πέντε διαλέξεις στη Βόρειο Ε󰎻άδα  (  Anthropology, Politics,
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