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The Inhuman. Reflections on Time. J can-Francois Lyotard. Translated by Geofirey Bennington and Rachel Bowlby l] g Polity Press. Jean-François Lyotard was a French philosopher, sociologist, and literary theorist . . Years later, this led him into writing his book The Inhuman, published in. In this major study, now available in paperback, Lyotard develops his analysis of the phenomenon of postmodernity, and examines the philosophy of Kant.

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If the inhumaan project of science needs a metalegitimation, however and the criteria for scientific knowledge would itself seem to demand that it does then science has no recourse but to narrative knowledge which according to scientific criteria is no knowledge at all.

In Kantian terms, we judge through the constitutive imagination. This power of disturbance is related to the feeling of the lyotarx, and it is an indication of the differend. Postmodern science is about the generation of new ideas rather than the efficient application of existing knowledge. Lyotard argued that the pagan gods, unlike Platonic philosophy and monotheism, never claimed to have universal truth, but instead were better than humans because they were better at deceit and metamorphosis.

In Discours, figureLyotard takes structuralism still a dominant intellectual trend in France in the early seventies when the book was written as an example of the excesses imhuman reason and representation.

Manchester University Press, Rather, he sees the role of research as the production of ideas. Lyotard develops the theory of the differend through a complex analysis of language, drawing heavily on analytic philosophers as well as ancients and early moderns. He sees the performativity criterion as applying not just to science, technology, lotard capital, but to the State as well.

The postmodern would be that which, in the modern, puts forward the unpresentable in presentation itself; that which denies itself the solace of good forms, the consensus of a taste which would make it possible to share lyogard the nostalgia for the unattainable; that which searches for new presentations, inhhman in order to enjoy them but in order to impart a stronger sense of the unpresentable. However, applying a single rule of judgement to both in order to settle their differend as though it were merely a litigation would wrong at least one of them and both of them if neither side admits this rule.


Jean-François Lyotard

In the essays on Algeria, Lyotard applies this project to the French occupation, trying to determine the potential for socialist revolution arising from this situation.

Despite its popularity, however, this book is in fact one of his more minor works. The project of Socialisme ou Barbarie was to provide theoretical resources to contribute to socialist revolution, critiquing other existing socialist strands particularly Stalinism and the French communist party as a hindrance to revolution, and with a particular emphasis on the critique of bureaucracy.

Ronald Barnett – – Human Affairs 24 1: What sense of the phrase is meant?

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Lyotard admits that this description of everything in libidinal terms is a “theoretical fiction,” merely a way of speaking which gives us useful terms for theorizing about what happens in the world. Lyotard distinguishes the victim from the plaintiff. Bauman, Zygmunt,Intimations of PostmodernityLondon: For Lyotard, following Emmanuel Levinas —we are nothing but the receivers of obligations.

Lyotard needs a methodological representation to apply to society in order to examine the status of knowledge in postmodern societies. Lyotard insists that phrase regimens are heterogenous and incommensurable.

He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne lyotagd the late s. The technical and technological changes over the last few decades – as well as the development of capitalism – have caused the production of knowledge to become increasingly influenced by a technological model.

The situation is a double bind because there are lyotars alternatives – either there were gas chambers or there were not – which lead to the same conclusion: Eva Hoffman – – Profile Books. Lyotard does not believe that there is any easy answer. While he sees the usefulness of phenomenology in many disciplines, however, Lyotard’s conclusions about the usefulness of phenomenology to Marxism are largely negative.


For structuralism, as it would come to define itself over the next fifteen years in works by Lacan and Claude Levi-Strauss —among others, the human subject is largely the effect of discursive grammars in which it is produced. Indeed, later in interviews he will argue lytoard at least passing through capitalism for those facing economic hardship.

This is what Lyotard calls legitimation by paralogy.

In Lyotard’s postmodern period, art is privileged for its sublime effects and the attention it calls to the differend. Metaphysically, Lyotard is a materialist, and for him affects must be understood as concrete material entities.

Jean-François Lyotard (1924—1998)

This book is, by Lyotard’s own estimation, both his most philosophical and most inuman. Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists 7 volumes ed.

Pushing Dualism to an Extreme: It is essential to distinguish Lyotard’s concept of postmodern art from other ideas of postmodern art.

Kilian, Monika, Modern and Postmodern Strategies: From a Nietzschean and Deleuzian point of view James WilliamsLyotard’s postmodern philosophy took a lhotard toward a destructive modern nihilism that his early work avoids. Justice demands a witnessing and a remembering of the fact that there is a differend.

The Inhuman: Reflections on Time – Jean-François Lyotard – Google Books

The conclusion Lyotard comes to is that the occupation must end if the Algerian people are to prosper, but he remains ambivalent about the possibility of revolution. After graduation, inhe took up a position teaching philosophy in Constantine in Inhumsn East Algeria. In other words, the presentation of the phrase event is not able to be accurately represented by any particular situation.