Man cannot be extricated from what has made him as he is, nor from what, being what he is, he makes. But neither can he be reduced to this. An effect which transcends its causes, a cause never exhausted by its effects—that is what psychoanalysis is obliged continually to confront both in its activity and in its theory.

Cornelius Castoriadis, “Epilegomena to a Theory of the Soul which has been presented as a Science,” in Crossroads in the Labyrinth (MIT Press), 19.

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