Friday, November 17, 2006

Thesis Eleven on Claude Lefort

Thesis Eleven - journal for Critical Theory and Historical Sociology issue no. 87, november 2006, is titled "Thinking with Lefort - the political and the symbolic".
Claude Lefort was the other, central firgure of the tendence Chaulieu-Montal (Castoriadis + Lefort) in the French, trotskyite communist party PCI of the 4th International, and often presented as cofounder of Socialisme ou Barbarie. Actually, Lefort/Montal left the PCI before Castoriadis and the others, and did not take part in publishing the first issue of the journal Socialisme ou Barbarie (SouB) in 1949 (According to A. Ramsay in Res Publica no. 58, Stockholm 2003).

Through his position at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), he has excercised a strong influence on contemporary political thought in France and elsewhere. He is still connected to EHESS, at the Raymond Aron centre for political research


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