Hannah Arendt and Cornelius Castoriadis
As many of us are currently remembering the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Hannah Arendt, it would be an occasion to discuss similarities and differences between her political philosophy and the phenomenologyof the World, and the thought of Castoriadis. I, for one, find it very enriching to read the two together and up against each other. Where one stops, the other continues and vice versa.
My - for now - superficial impression is that CC is the strongest on ontological issues whereas Arendt has more to say on the level of intersubjectivity and praxis, e.g. what does it mean to be one human being among other beings who are different - uniquely different. The latter point is sometimes vehemently contested by Castoriadis, who claims that if you are 1 % unique and "only" 99 % socialization, you are truly a genius (quoted from memory).
The problem with this is that Castoriadis, by focusing on the two levels, society and the psyche, and playing down notions of human multiplicity and individual differences, also diminishes the concept of political creativity which he promotes in so many other ways. In other words, his concept of social autonomy would be enriched if supplemented with a meso-level of human creativity which can be found in Arendt's thought on the conditions for a common World. Keywords are politics as creation.
Ingerid S. (who's a fan of both Arendt and Castoriadis)