Volume Two, Number One – Fresh off the Press!

Our third issue is hot off the press!


This issue features a collection of rich articles from a variety of viewpoints on the social imaginaries field. Including:-

  • A translation of the Myth chapter from Miki Kyoshi’s work Logic of the Imagination, translated by our own John Krummel
  • Three articles on modern social imaginaries: the capitalist imaginary (Craig Browne), Modern Chinese intellectuality and the Lacanian imaginary (Guanjun Wu), and imaginaries surrounding the War on Terror (Werner Binder).
  • And, a dialogue between our own Suzi Adams and eminent thinker–and one of our Editors-at-Large–Johann P. Arnason.

In coming days the abstracts for these articles, as well as the opening editorial, will be uploaded to academia.edu for you to preview. Stay tuned!



Announcing the English-Language Publication of the Castoriadis-Ricoeur dialogue!

#‎Socialimaginaries‬ has very exciting news! One of our esteemed editors is editing this volume for English language publication, to be published by Rowman and Littlefield.

It’s loaded with big names and great ideas — Including the dialogue between Cornelius Castoriadis and Paul Ricœur, a Preface by Johann Michel, and essays by George H. Taylor (who featured in our November issue), Johann Arnason (one of our editors-at-large), François Dosse, Jean-Luc Amalric and (our very own) Suzi Adams.
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Here’s a link to the French publication announcement:-

Social Imaginaries Vol. One, No. Two is live!

Issue two of Social Imaginaries has been published and is live! We have been posting a link to each essay on our Facebook page (go check it out!), but you can view the editorial introduction and George Taylor’s essay on #PaulRicoeur on Google Books!

We’re now working on Vol. one, No. two – stay tuned!

Vincent Descombes on Paul Ricoeur

And now for part nine of our influences upon and participants in Social Imaginaries. Introducing another member of our esteemed Editors-at-Large, Vincent Descombes!

Descombes’ interests span the constellations of French and German philosophy, philosophies of language and the mind, and has engaged in an ongoing challenge of strictly ‘analytical’ philosophy of the mind and cognition across his career. His 2014 work The Institutions of Meaning: A Defense of Anthropological Holism certainly has connections to our journal, as he argues that meaning and thought arise from, and are embedded within, social existence and common, historically instituted practices.  Descombes is the director of studies at the renowned École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and was a member of the famous revolutionary group Socialisme ou Barbarie.  In the following video, Descombes discusses the work of Paul Ricoeur, at a centenary conference for Ricoeur, to celebrate his expansive works and ongoing legacy in France and across the world.

(This video is in French / en français)

Paul Ricœur : la traversée du siècle. 1/4 (Vincent Descombes)



‘Social Imaginaries’ Vol. 1, no. 2!

And, announcing our official ‪#‎TOC‬ for ‪#‎Socialimaginaries‬ volume one, issue two! The issue will be available for you to view shortly. In the mean time, you’ll have to savour over the titles! We have two articles on Paul Ricœur‘s work, and a particular focus on Phenomenology in this issue, as well as essays by Fred Dallmayr and Johann P. Arnason. A real bumper issue!Social imaginaries TOC no.2

George Taylor on ‘Cultural Imagination’

Now for part eight of our influences upon and participants in Social Imaginaries. Introducing one of our esteemed Editors-at-Large, George Taylor!

Taylor has written extensively on Paul Ricoeur’s work. He acted as the editor for Ricoeur’s major work ‘Lectures on Ideology and Utopia’, and has spent a number of years elucidating a notion of the imagination from Ricoeur’s work, from published and unpublished sources. Taylor appeared at a conference in Kraków earlier this year, which had the theme ‘Phenomenological Hermeneutics Ten Years after the Death of Paul Ricoeur’. There, and in the forthcoming issue of Social Imaginaries, Taylor debates the ‘phenomenological contributions of Ricoeur’s philosophy of imagination’.

Will be fantastic reading for those with an interest in Ricoeur’s work, phenomenology, and hermeneutics!


Bernhard Waldenfels on ‘Phenomenology of Attention’

Now for part seven of influences and presences at Social Imaginaries. Introducing, Bernhard Waldenfels: one of our Editors-at-Large, who is also featuring in our upcoming November issue (Vol. 1, No. 2) in an article titled, ‘The Equating of the Unequal’. Waldenfels’s work draws from Husserlian and Schutzian variants of phenomenology, reconsidered toward the problem of ‘the stranger’ or ‘the other’, or in Wadlenfels’s terms, ‘the alien’.  In this video titled ‘The Phenomenology of Attention’, Waldenfels discusses modes of inclusion of the Other together with one’s own acting and thinking.