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The Great Resistance

Author(s): Winchester, Stuart

Journal: Nordicum-Mediterraneum
ISSN 1670-6242

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 146;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Castoriadis | cathexis | imagination | signification | sublimation

Sublimation, in Castoriadis' scheme, is where our relation to what is known exists. This "frontier concept" in which 'reality' and ‘unreality’ flux is a two-way affair. On one hand the psyche replaces private objects of cathexis with "objects which exist and which have worth in and through their social institution". On the other it facilitates "the positing, in and through the institution [of society], of forms and significations."
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