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Crossroads in the Labyrinth

By Cornelius Castoriadis





Cornelius Castoriadis is a fascinating figure, not only because of his personal and intellectual background, but because of the extraordinary breadth of his interests and his ability to play the brilliant intellectual jester - all characteristics in abundant evidence in this collection of essays. In them, Castoriadis goes to the heart of deep philosophical issues raised but not answered by modern thought.The book presents his concerns with the development of analytical theories of psychology, language, and politics, all commonly rooted in the social and historical aspects of human creativity. It examines figures as diverse as Aristotle, Heidegger, Lacan, Marx, and Merleau-Ponty.

Cornelius Castoriadis was for a long time a professional economist and is now a practicing psychoanalyst in Paris. He founded and became the main theoretician for the independent journal of the left, Socialisme ou Barbarie.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262031059 377 pp. | 8 in x 5.375 in


$16.50 X ISBN: 9780262530668 377 pp. | 8 in x 5.375 in


  • Castoriadis's writing and thinking span the primary theoretical and practical concerns of our time. With wit and critical sharpness he penetrates many of the clichés and fads that dominate contemporary life. The present collection of essays is an excellent introduction to the range, depth, and perceptiveness of his thinking.

    Richard J. Bernstein

    Haverford College