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The origin and development of the human species, both individual and racial.
[anthropo- + G. genesis, origin]
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311-330, and 'Aeschylean Anthropogony and Sophoclean Self-Creation as Anthropos' in Agon, Logos, Polis The Greek Achievement and its Aftermath, edited by Johann P.
Castoriadis' argument in Aeschylean Anthropogony and Sophoclean Self-Creation of Man, is that, "the juxtaposition of these two poets [Aeschylus and Sophocles] shows us clearly an ontological overthrow of enormous importance that occurred during this twenty-year period" (41) He says that "the answers given by these two tragedies [to the question of 'what is man'] are diametrically opposed," and this difference "reflects the unprecedented pace of cultural creation in democratic Athens and is consubstantial with it.
Was he autonomous in matters of politics and heteronomous in everything else--such as in his Promethean anthropogony?
Unfortunately though, Castoriadis fails to point out most of these differences, concentrating instead almost exclusively on a rather forced reading of Sophoclean "self-creation," which is sharply contrasted with Aeschylus' mythical anthropogony. What is more interesting to note in this ode, however, is the manner in which Sophocles posits man within the natural world.
Castoriadis' oversimplification is most evident in his essay Aeschylean Anthropogony and Sophoclean Self-Creation.' As we identified earlier, his method here is to isolate two tragedies, Prometheus Bound and Antigone, and to show two different notions of human creation assuming that each provides an accurate depiction of Athenian self-understanding.