By Cornelius Castoriadis, translated from the French and edited anonymously as a public service. Numbers in parentheses refer to the date of original publication in French or English, whichever occurred first. See each individual publication note for date of composition. Numbers following the publication date refer to pages in the PDF version.
The present volume is offered to readers as a public service in the hopes of encouraging reflection and action aimed at deepening, and realizing, the project of individual and collective autonomy on a worldwide basis in all its manifestations.
Neither any website that would make the electronic version available nor any other distributor who may come forward in any medium is currently authorized to accept any financial remuneration for this service. The anonymous Translator/Editor (T/E), will thus not receive, nor will T/E accept, any monetary payment or other compensation for his labor as a result of this free circulation of ideas.
Anyone who downloads or otherwise makes use of this tome is suggested to make a free-will donation to those who have presented themselves as the legal heirs of Cornelius Castoriadis: Cybele Castoriadis, Sparta Castoriadis, and Zoe Castoriadis. Either cash or checks in any currency made payable simply to "Castoriadis" may be sent to the following address: Castoriadis 1, rue de l'Alboni 75016 Paris FRANCE.
A suggested contribution is five (5) U.S. dollars or five (5) euros. The aforesaid legal heirs are totally unaware of this undertaking, and so it will be completely for each individual user to decide, on his or her own responsibility (a word not to be taken lightly), whether or not to make such a contribution -- which does not constitute any sort of legal acknowledgment. It is entirely unknown how these heirs will react, nor can it be guessed whether receipt of funds will affect their subsequent legal or moral decisions regarding similar undertakings in the future. (Much Castoriadis material has gone out of print and much more remains to be translated into English, publication projects in which T/E is currently engaged.) Nevertheless, it is recommended that each user contact, by electronic mail or by other means, at least ten (10) persons or organizations, urging them to obtain a copy of the book in this way or offering these persons or organizations gift copies. It is further recommended that each of these persons or organizations in turn make ten (10) additional contacts under the same terms and circumstances, and so on and so forth, for the purpose of furthering this nonhierarchical and disinterested "pyramid scheme" designed to spread Castoriadis's thought without further hindrance. (See foreword to "The Rising Tide of Insignifancy".)
For more information, see Statement of David Ames Curtis concerning the announcement of the PDF electronic publication of Cornelius Castoriadis/Paul Cardan's "Figures of the Thinkable" (Including "Passion and Knowledge") dated Paris, February 2005.