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The Rediscovery of <i>Physis</i>

Suzi Adams

in Castoriadis's Ontology

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234585
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240739 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823234585.003.0006

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Rediscovery of Physis

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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

Chapter.  7901 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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