Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Castoriadis's OntologyBeing and Creation$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Suzi Adams

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234585

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234585.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use.date: 26 May 2022

The Rediscovery of Physis

The Rediscovery of Physis

(p.145) 5 The Rediscovery of Physis
Castoriadis's Ontology

Suzi Adams

Fordham University Press

If Castoriadis focussed on an elucidation of a regional ontology of nomos at the time of The Imaginary Institution of Society, from the 1980s a shift becomes apparent in his thought, as he grows to appreciate that aspect of physis that he had previously neglected: its auto-creativity. With the aid of archival sources, this chapter reconstructs Castoriadis's ontological shift from a regional ontology of nomos, to a general, or trans-regional ontology of creative physis. His shift to an ontology of creative physis emerges from four interconnected aspects of his thought: a reconsideration of Greek (especially Aristotelian) sources, his rethinking of objective knowledge, his re-evaluation of the living being, and his ventures into philosophical cosmology.

Keywords:   physis, Aristotle, ancient Greek cosmology, living being, alloiosis, creativity of nature

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .