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philosopher, social critic, economist
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, psychoanalyst, author of The Imaginary Institution of Society, and co-founder of the Socialisme ou Barbarie
Socialisme ou Barbarie
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Castoriadis was born in Constantinople
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and his family moved in 1922 to Athens
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. He developed an interest in politics
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after he came into contact with Marxist thought and philosophy
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at the age of 13. His first active involvement in politics occurred during the Metaxas Regime (1937), when he joined the Athenian Communist Youth (Kommounistiki Neolaia).