DAVID AMES CURTIS

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8-Point Agreement Drafted by Zoe Castoriadis and David Ames Curtis


Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 10:19:37 +0000
To: zoec
From: David Curtis <curtis@msh-paris.fr>
Subject: Brouillon (3)

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Dear Dr. Harvey:

Thanks for your latest e-missive. I'm pleased to report that things have
become significantly simpler and more straightforward for all parties
concerned since last we communicated.

Madame Castoriadis and I spoke at the end of the Castoriadis Cerisy
Colloquium. We have amicably worked out outstanding practical issues
regarding the two Castoriadis volumes Stanford University Press plans to
publish: _The Rising Tide of Insignificancy_ and _Figures of the Thinkable_.

Below, I specify--I trust accurately: the Castoriadis heirs will have read
the draft and communicated to me their thoughts before I send you the final
version--the terms we now wish to propose:

1. There will be two Castoriadis volumes translated and edited by me, with
the titles as specified above.

2. I shall provide the heirs with a list of all misprints of which I am
aware in the texts included. They will OK or correct this list and provide their own list of any supplemental misprints.

3. The heirs will work with me to answer any outstanding translation or reference questions.

4. It is essential that the heirs receive proofs.

5. Once I have new signed translator's contracts for both volumes, I will be
able to represent myself accurately as the officially designated translator.
I hope this will enable me to contact and collaborate successfully with the three persons who have worked on previous versions of some texts. It is important for me, as professional translator/editor of the two volumes, to respect their work while taking full responsibility for the final versions prepared for SUP publication. I will have to find current contact information
for one of the three persons.

6. I shall, as Helen Tartar requested, write 6,000-word introductory Translator's Forewords in each of the two volumes. Please specify this agreement in my replacement contracts. I shall endeavor to be even briefer than these word-counts specified by Helen, while ensuring that the contents (fourteen texts per volume) are properly and fully introduced, as Helen said was necessary. The Translator's Forewords and the notes will be submitted for the approval of the heirs. As legal author of the translation, I shall be given the opportunity by the heirs to discuss with them all suggested changes since the heirs recognize and value the importance of a plurality of independent voices and respect the participation of the person who executes the work. Their suggestions will be constructive and not be based upon any animus against me personally.

7. The heirs and I are also agreed on the definitive list of texts to propose for the two volumes. You will find the tables of contents at the end of this e-mail.

Please note:

A. _Rising Tide..._ would include the two texts the Castoriadis literary executors originally proposed. Since there was a 10-page addition error in their original proposal, there is room for the three short texts I proposed at Helen's request, which are the ones subsequently approved by your Reader. For the last two texts in the volume--interviews Castoriadis conducted with the late renowned scientist Francisco Varela and Alain Connes--SUP must contact Editions de l'Aube for rights.

B. _Figures..._ would include the entire contents of the French original.
For "The Social-Historical: Mode of Being, Problems of Knowledge," as
professional translator responsible for the volume I would simply require
written confirmation that SUP has obtained permission to reprint this text
originally written in English by Castoriadis which already appeared in my
edited Castoriadis collection from Oxford University Press, _Philosophy,
Politics, Autonomy_.

8. By approving this memorandum before I send it to you, the heirs will be
confirming that the terms set forth above have the consent and support of
the legally recognized Cornelius Castoriadis literary executors.

That's it. I look forward to your response and I remain available to answer
any and all questions so that we may move forward with dispatch toward
signature of the translation rights and translator contracts and toward
completion of these two important works.

Sincerely,

David Ames Curtis

THE RISING TIDE OF INSIGNIFICANCY
by Cornelius Castoriadis
to be translated and edited by David Ames Curtis with a Translator's Foreword

PROPOSED TABLE OF CONTENTS EST.WORDS

KAIROS
DH Third World, Third Worldism, Democracy TR 3,200
MI Between the Western Void and the Arab
Myth (with Edgar Morin) TR 3,000
MI The Dilapidation of the West ED/TR 10,200
The Revolutionary Force of Ecology (La Planete Verte.
Paris: Bureau des eleves des sciences politiques,
1993: 21-25) re-TR 3,500
MI The Rising Tide of Insignificancy ED/TR and ED-E 11,500
The Coordinations in France (Preface to Jean-Michel
Denis, Les Coordinations. Recherche desesperee
d'une citoyennete [Paris; Editions Syllepse,
1996]: 9-13) TR 3,500

KOINONIA
MI Anthropology, Philosophy, Politics ED/TR 8,600

POLIS
DH Endless Questioning TR 8,000
MM The Idea of Revolution ED/TR 6,700
MI The Athenian Democracy: False and True Questions ED/TR 4,900
MI Democracy as Procedure and Democracy as Regime ED/TR 8,700

LOGOS
FAF Complexity, Magmas, History TR 10,000
D Cornelius Castoriadis - Francisco Varela Interview TR 8,500
D Cornelius Castoriadis - Alain Connes Interview TR 9,800

TOTAL 100,100

D Dialogue (Editions de l'Aube, 1999)
DH Domaines de l'homme (Seuil, 1986)
FAF Fait et a faire (Seuil, 1997)
MI La Montee de l'insignifiance (Seuil, 1996)
MM Le monde morcele (Seuil, 1990)

ED-E Existing English-language text to be edited by David Ames Curtis for
book publication
ED/TR Existing English-language translation by David Ames Curtis to be
edited for book publication
re-TR French-language text to be retranslated by David Ames Curtis for book
publication.
TR French-language text to be translated by David Ames Curtis for book
publication.


BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON ENGLISH-LANGUAGE CASTORIADIS TEXTS/TRANSLATIONS

"The Dilapidation of the West." Trans. David Ames Curtis. Thesis
Eleven, 41 (1995): 94-111. "Postscript" (written in English). Ibid.: 111-14.
To be edited by DAC for book publication.

"World Imbalance and the Revolutionary Force of Ecology." Society and
Nature, 5 (January 1994): 81-90. This poorly translated text must be
entirely retranslated by DAC for book publication.

"The Rising Tide of Insignificancy." Typescript translation by DAC,
originally given to Drunken Boat, and "A Rising Tide of Significancy?", a
follow-up interview with CC by Drunken Boat editor Max Blechman. To be
edited by DAC for book publication.

"Anthropology, Philosophy, Politics." Trans. David Ames Curtis.
Thesis Eleven, 49 (May 1997): 99-116. To be edited by DAC for book
publication.

"Does the Idea of Revolution Still Make Sense?" Trans. David Ames
Curtis. Thesis Eleven, 26 (1990): 123-38. To be edited by DAC for book
publication.

"The Athenian Democracy: False and True Questions." Trans. David Ames Curtis. In Pierre Leveque and Pierre Vidal-Naquet. Cleisthenes the Athenian. An Essay on the Representation of Space and of Time in Greek Political Thought from the End of the Sixth Century to the Death of Plato. Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Humanities Press, 1996: 119-27. To be edited by DAC for book publication.

"Democracy as Procedure and Democracy as Regime." Trans. David Ames
Curtis. Constellations, 4:1 (April 1997): 1-18. To be edited, based upon the
slightly improved translation prepared for US lecture at CC's request shortly before his death, by DAC for book publication.

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FIGURES OF THE THINKABLE

by Cornelius Castoriadis

to be translated and edited by David Ames Curtis with a Translator's Foreword

PROPOSED TABLE OF CONTENTS EST. WORDS

POIESIS
FP Aeschylean Anthropogony and Sophoclean Self-Creation
of Anthropos ED 8,000
FP Notes on a Few Poetic Means TR 10,900

KOINONIA
FP The "Rationality" of Capitalism TR 11,100
FP Imaginary and Imagination at the Crossroads TR 8,700
FP First Institution of Society and Second-Order
Institutions ED/TR 4,900

POLIS
FP Heritage and Revolution ED 5,600
FP What Democracy? TR 14,000

PSYCHE
FP The Psychical and Social-Historical Roots of Hate ED 5,200
FP Psyche and Education TR 9,100
FP Psychoanalysis: Situation and Limits ED 5,500
FP Psyche and Society Revisited TR 7,100

LOGOS
FP The Social-Historical: Mode of Being, Problems of
Knowledge ED 5,200
FP False and True Chaos TR 3,600
FP Remarks on Space and Number TR 7,300

TOTAL 106,200


ED Existing English-language translation or original text to be edited
by David Ames Curtis for book publication
ED/TR Existing English-language translation by David Ames Curtis to be
edited for book publication
re-TR French-language text to be retranslated by David Ames Curtis for book
publication
TR French-language text to be translated by David Ames Curtis for book
publication


BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON ENGLISH-LANGUAGE CASTORIADIS TEXTS/TRANSLATIONS

"Aeschylean Anthropogony and Sophoclean Self-Creation of Anthropos." Trans.
from the Greek by Stathis Gourgouris. Johann P. Arnason and Peter Murphy,
eds. Agon, Logos, Polis: The Greek Achievement and its Aftermath. Stuttgart:
Franz Steiner Verlag, 2001: 138-54. Requires additional editing by DAC based
upon the videotaped English-language lecture at Ohio State University and
the published French version and in consultation with the translator.

"The First Institution of Society and Second-Order Institutions." Trans.
David Ames Curtis. Free Associations, 12 (1988): 39-51. To be edited by DAC
for book publication.

"Heritage and Revolution" (based on a 1985 Hannah Arendt Symposium
typescript). The Ancients and the Moderns. Ed. Reginald Lilly. Bloomington,
IN: Indiana University Press, 1996): 159-69. To be edited by DAC for book
publication.

"The Psychical and Social Roots of Hate." Free Associations, 7:3 (1999):
402-15. To be edited by DAC for book publication.

"Psychoanalysis: Situation and Limits." English-language typescript to be
edited by DAC for book publication.

"The Social-Historical: Mode of Being, Problems of Knowledge." Original
English typescript edited by David Ames Curtis. Philosophy, Politics,
Autonomy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991: 33-46.