Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Paideia quotes by Castoriadis?

I am currently investigating the notion of paideia - and associated concepts like education, areté etc. - in relation to Castoriadis's discussion of autonomy (cf. the three levels of autonomy that I suggested in an earlier post). So far, I have only found a couple of mentions of paideia in his work, however, these are seminal articles, and the notion of paideia is put forth as a "grand finale", a normative appeal and a practical key in those very texts. Would be very grateful if any of you know about, or stumble across, more texts where Castoriadis speaks about paideia or education. Post a comment if you do!

The most interesting texts on the topic that I've found so far are:

  • Democracy as Procedure and Democracy as Regime, where CC talks of a democratic paideia as one of the main objects of a society's political concerns, in order to produce a certain kind of individuals (citizens).
  • The text in defence of Vidal-Naquet, L'industrie du vide, in which he mentions some necessary democratic virtues.
  • The Greek Polis and the Creation of Democracy, where he talks of democratic paideia as participation in the political life,
  • and most importantly, the article Psychoanalysis and Philosophy (in The Castoriadis Reader) where he connects psychoanalysis, politics and pedagogics as three practices that all aim at the autonomy of one or several others.


At 5:11 AM, Blogger suzi said...

there's also a mention of it in the 1974 text 'remarks on rationality and development' (don't know where it's published in french off hand). this is first published in thesis eleven 10/11 in 1985/1985 and then also in PPA (with extra comments). from memory it's mentioned in connection with the idea of physis as a natural norm (as he then saw it), development, growth etc.

At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Ingerid S. said...


At 2:36 PM, Blogger Harald Wolf said...

Only a further hint: Castoriadis stresses fundamentally the significance of paideia as work of what he calls the "radical infra-power" of society in his great text "Power, Politics, Autonomy" (1988), where he weaves many of his central themes together.
By the way: We also try to start an online discussion about this and other Castoriadis texts at the "agora" of our website Feel invited to participate!

At 4:37 AM, Blogger suzi said...

another paideia reference... p. 320 of the english version of 'value, equality, justice, politics'...

At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is it that moves over the body of a society? It is always flows, and a person is always a cutting off [coupure] of a flow. A person is always a point of departure for the production of a flow, a point of destination for the reception of a flow, a flow of any kind; or, better yet, an interception of many flows.

At 11:11 AM, Blogger AMichelsen said...

Briefly, take a look at Vincen Descombes ongoing dialogue with CC, e.g. The Barometer of Modern Reason (1994) and Le Complément de sujet (2004) in this context.

At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Ingerid S. said...

What are the central points, then? And what do you mean by "flow"?


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