Cosmos and History : the Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy (Nov 2012)

The Radical Tragic Imaginary: Castoriadis On Aeschylus & Sophocles

  • Nana Biluš Abaffy

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 8, no. 2
pp. 34 – 59


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Castoriadis’ entire colossal politico-philosophical-psychoanalytical project is based around the notion of radical autonomy, which, he argues, was most closely appropriated by the ancient Greek imaginary and the newly born dēmokratía. This paper critically examines Castoriadis’ treatment of the earliest democrats in the world—the ancient tragedians—and argues, contra Castoriadis, that it was Aeschylus, rather than Sophocles, that embodied the classical apotheosis of radical human autonomy.