THE RISING TIDEOFINSIGNIFICANCY(THE BIG SLEEP)by Cornelius Castoriadis*translated from the Frenchand edited anonymouslyas a public service*"Cornelius Castoriadis" is here a pseudonym for Paul Cardan.****A Paul Cardan (active 1959-1965 ) was a pseudonym for Cornelius Castoriadis (1922-1997 ).
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CONTENTSNoticeiiBooks by Cornelius Castoriadis Published in Englishwith Standard AbbreviationsvBooks by Cornelius Castoriadis Published in Frenchwith Standard Abbreviations:viiForewordxiOn the TranslationliiiPART I: KAIROS§The Vacuum Industry (1979)3§Psychoanalysis and Society I (1982)13§Psychoanalysis and Society II (1984)30§Third World, Third Worldism, Democracy (1985)46§The Gulf War Laid Bare (1991)57