Here is a course of action: harden, worsen, accelerate decadence. Adopt the perspective of active nihilism, exceed the mere recognition-be it depressive or. : Driftworks: Original printed card (soft) covers. Some slight rubbing to edges and corners. Otherwise a really clean, tight, and unmarked book. May 7, Driftworks by Jean-François Lyotard, , Semiotext(e) edition, in English.

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Having read Lyotard elsewhere, I feel confident in saying that this is a sloppier, less lyotatd, perhaps just more-exploratory text. He argues against the possibility of justifying the narratives that bring together disciplines and social practices, such as science and culture; “the narratives we tell to justify a single set of laws and stakes are inherently unjust. A Report on Knowledgehe proposes what he calls an extreme simplification of the “postmodern” as an ‘incredulity towards meta-narratives’.

Worse, he is then only in a position to testify to that injustice, rather than put forward a just and rational resolution.

Return to Book Page. InLyotard became a member of Socialisme ou Barbariea French political organisation formed in around the inadequacy of the Trotskyist analysis to explain the new forms of domination in the Soviet Union. Juliet marked it as to-read Aug 01, Cancel Forgot your password? He points out that no one seemed to agree on what, if anything, was real and everyone had their own perspective and story.

Driftworks by Jean-François Lyotard

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is not possible repetitively to lend an ear to the sublime without falling into despair due to its fleeting nature.


Lyotard argues that this is the driving force behind postmodern science. What we enjoy in art is its ability to displace us, to make us drift. Your list has reached the maximum number of items. Lyotard notes that it is based on mapping of society according to the concept of the language games. The point is that any event ought to be able to be understood in terms of the justifications of this metanarrative; anything that happens can be understood and judged according to the discourse of human emancipation.

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Key Themes and ThinkersBlackwell Publishing, p. Wikiquote has quotations related to: You may send this ltotard to up to five recipients. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. Lyotard was interested in the aesthetic views of society that Malraux shared. Semiotext e- Literary Criticism – pages. One must bear witness to the ‘differend.

Jean-François Lyotard

It is necessarily a critical activity. As a child, Lyotard had many aspirations: Lyotard claims that this is due to libidinal energy.

In them he found a demonstration of the limits of our conceptuality, a valuable lesson for anyone too imbued with Enlightenment confidence. Connected to this scientific legitimacy is the growing dominance for information rriftworks. Dealing with issues of depth and appearance, the body becomes a surface of inscription for flows of libidinal energy.

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John marked it as to-read Dec 21, Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. In Lyotard’s works, the term ‘language games’, sometimes also called ‘phrase regimens’, denotes the multiplicity of communities lyltard meaning, the innumerable and incommensurable separate systems in which meanings are produced and rules for their circulation are created.


He developed these themes in particular lyotafd discussing the sublime. Semiotext e January 1, Language: It has often been thought that universality is a condition for drirtworks to be a properly ethical statement: Privacy Policy Terms and Conditions. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Even George Van Den Abbeele’s excellent translation, complete with a glossary of French terms not available in the original text Paris: Either there were no gas chambers, in which case there would be no eyewitnesses to friftworks evidence, or there were gas chambers, in which case there would still be no eyewitnesses to produce evidence, because they would be dead.

It attacks Lyotard’s search for division over consensus on the drfitworks that it involves a philosophical mistake with serious political and social repercussions. Get to Know Us. Adrift — On theory: For Lyotard, in Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublimebut drawing on his argument in The Differendthis is a good thing.

Lyotard’s other book was named The Confession of Augustine and was a study in the phenomenology of time. The term “libidinal” coming from the term libido which is used to refer to the psychoanalytical desires of our deeper consciousness.

University of Minnesota PressPrint. His writings in this period mostly concern with ultra-left politicswith a focus on the Algerian situation—which he witnessed first-hand while teaching philosophy in Driftqorks.

A leading figure in French philosophy, Lyotard is one of the most important critics of academic thought processes.