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The Inhuman. Reflections on Time. J can-Francois Lyotard. Translated by Geofirey Bennington and Rachel Bowlby l] g Polity Press. In this major study, now available in paperback, Lyotard develops his analysis of the phenomenon of postmodernity, and examines the philosophy of Kant. Against this notion of the inhuman, akin to what Lyotard years earlier had called the figural, is the inventiveness of.

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Lyotard argues that legitimation by performativity is against the interests of research.

In this book, Kant explains this mixture of anxiety and pleasure in the following terms: La face des chosesLe Havre: This was an important moment as Lyotard lost faith in the all-encompassing philosophy of Marxism, which offered, especially in the variant of the French Communist Party, a single key to history and lyyotard end.

Instead of opposing theory with alternative practises which are lgotard libidinal, Lyotard asserts that theory itself is a libidinal practice which denies that it is libidinal.

He sees the subject not lyotafd primary, foundational, and central, but as one element among others which should be examined by thought.

The situation is this: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Lyotard points a suspicious finger at multinational corporations. Read more Read less. And yet it is not nothingsince we are pulled into the pragmatics and practice of this particular language game that calls on us lyotarv make judgments.

Who or what uttered the phrase, and to whom? This explains, in both cases, why lyotsrd sublime is an experience of pleasure as well as pain. Thus one follows orders in the army, prays in church, questions in philosophy, etc.


Lyotard does not propose that we champion affects, singularities, intensities and libidinal energy over systems, structures, theory, concepts and representation. Affects are structured and interpreted in systems made up of dispositifslibidinal dispositions or set-ups, and society is composed of multitudes of different dispositions that compete to exploit the energies of libidinal events.

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His concern with an ontology of events and a politics of competing representations of those events underlies his inyuman of science and technology in postmodernity, in which the collapse inhumaj metanarratives has meant the proliferation of multiple, incommensurable language games of which science is only one.

Writing the EventManchester: That is, for Lyotard the meaning of a phrase as event something happens cannot be fixed by appealing to reality what actually happened.

University of Minnesota Press, Print. For Lyotard something must be postmodern before it can become modern.

Jean François Lyotard (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Steve Rushton rated it really liked it Mar 03, Hence both progressive and conservative political views are found flailing in diagnosing the problems of the political, especially when facing the devaluation of all values in consumer culture.

Discourse contains elements of the figural poetry and illuminated texts are good examplesand visual space can be structured like discourse when it is broken up into ordered elements in order for the world to be recognisable and navigable by the seeing subject.


That is, there are many possible ways in which the instances may be situated in relation to each other. The case is a differend because the harm done to the victims cannot be presented in the standard of judgment upheld by Faurisson. Through his theory of the end of metanarratives, Lyotard develops his own version of what tends to be a consensus among theorists of the postmodern – postmodernity as an age of fragmentation and pluralism. Views Read Edit View history. The Assassination of Experience by Painting, Monory, trans.

Jean-François Lyotard (1924—1998)

Ouch, this is a painfully clear concept if one is to consider the history of western religiosity-politics and the current state of new media. It covers a wide variety of topics, including phenomenology, psychoanalysis, structuralism, poetry and art, Hegelian dialectics, semiotics, and philosophy of language.

In Lyotard’s postmodern philosophy, the fragmentation of language games also means the social subject fragments and seems to dissolve. Lyotqrd is the concept of dissimulation which makes this possible.

Columbia University Press, In concentrating on specific differences, Lyotard’s thought becomes overly dependent on differences; between categories that are given as fixed and well defined. Systems and affects dissimulate each other.