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Castoriadis's OntologyBeing and Creation$
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Suzi Adams

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234585

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234585.001.0001

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The Rediscovery of Physis

The Rediscovery of Physis

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

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234585.003.0006

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

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