Autotranscendence and Creative Organization: On self-creation and Self-organization

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This article discusses the issue of social and cultural ‘autotran-
scendence’ – self-production, creativity – in the debates on self-organization.
The point of departure is Cornelius Castoriadis’s idea of ‘self-creation’. First, a
schismabetween mechanical and ontological modeling is indicated and used
to introduce the idea of a ‘creative organization’. This is further discussed in
relation to Jean-Pierre Dupuy’s concept of social ‘autotranscendence’ by
‘complex methodological individualism’, with particular respect to the incom-
prehensionof the social. Following Johann P. Arnason’s treatment of the question
of cultural articulation in Castoriadis, the article argues that the problem of
autotranscendence presents a further problem of self-creation discernible in
Castoriadis’s notions of phusis/nomos, living being/human, and constraint/
magma. The article closes with a consideration of Duncan Watts, Alberto-László
Barabási and Bernardo Huberman’s sketch of a network sociology.
KEYWORDS autotrancendence • constraints • magma • network sociology
• self-creation • self-organization

Original languageEnglish
JournalThesis Eleven
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)55-75
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - autotrancendence, constraints, network sociology, magma, self-creation, self-organization

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