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PASSION AND KNOWLEDGE (4)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 28/1/18) The primary target of Castoriadis’s critique of “total theory,” of an allegedly “finished and exhaustive knowledge,” is the Hegelian speculative philosophy that,Castoriadis argued in MRT, still pervaded Marxist theory and practice:21 For speculative theory, the object … Continue reading

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GNO-O-SIS / KNO-W-SIS IS P-H(F)-IR-E / P-YR 8

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  16/10/18) PART 2.2: THE TEXTUALIZATION OF OCCULT PRACTICES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD Although the place of writing in Roman religion has often been relegated to a secondary or even negligible importance, recent scholars, like Mary Beard and … Continue reading

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GNO-O-SIS / KNO-W-SIS IS P-H(F)-IR-E / P-YR 7

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  10/10/17) As the above examples indicate, the magistrates of the Republic took action from time to time to limit the presence and activities of foreign ritual specialists, sometimes with grotesque consequences. Such persons and, more importantly for … Continue reading

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PASSION AND KNOWLEDGE (3)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 1/11/16) Thematically speaking, “Passion and Knowledge” fits extremely well with the title so felicitously chosen by the French Editors for this posthumous Carrefours tome. In that text, Castoriadis connects his enduring theme of “the thinkable” to the … Continue reading

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GNO-O-SIS / KNO-W-SIS IS P-H(F)-IR-E / P-YR 6

(BEING CONTINUED FROM  23/10/16) Livy provides no evidence that any further actions were taken in 213 B.C.E., and no persons seem to have been arrested or executed in connection with these activities, as occurred almost thirty years later during the … Continue reading

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PASSION AND KNOWLEDGE (2)

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 4/01/16) An anonymous public-service translation and  editing of Castoriadis/Cardan texts posed some particular,and potentially serious, problems. The first was the nature of anonymous (or pseudonymous) publication itself: no  real name is attached to the work. Fortunately, Curtis  … Continue reading

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GNO-O-SIS / KNO-W-SIS IS P-H(F)-IR-E / P-YR 5

(BEING CONTINUED FROM 19/2/16) However, as noted above, the importation of new practices and beliefs could potentially create friction with the Roman need to uphold and preserve the rites handed down to them by their ancestors. Near the conclusion of … Continue reading

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