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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-Fran├žois Lyotard, , Semiotext(e) edition, in English.

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Write a review Rate this item: Don’t have an account? Product details Mass Market Paperback: Lee marked it as to-read Mar 05, A leading figure in French philosophy, Lyotard is one of the most important critics of academic thought processes.

Richard marked it as to-read May 26, Ethical behaviour is about remaining alert precisely to the threat of this injustice, about paying attention to things in their particularity and not enclosing them within abstract conceptuality.

Underlying any different there is a multiplicity of further differences; some of these will involve crossing the first divide, others will question the integrity of the groups that were originally separated.

Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you. Index Outline Category Portal. It refers to the experience of pleasurable anxiety that we experience when confronting wild and threatening sights like, for example, a massive craggy mountain, black against the sky, looming terrifyingly in our vision.

Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. David marked it as to-read Jun 02, Reads like semi-psychedelic musings on the subjects and theorists Lyotard has taken up in previous texts.

A sublime is the conjunction of two opposed feelings, which makes it harder for us to see the injustice of it, or a solution to it. Both terms draw lines that cannot be crossed and yet lyotars mark the threshold of that which is most valuable for the philosophy, that which is to be testified to and its proper concern.

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Adrift — On theory: A must read for all those concerned with Lyotard’s evolution, be it on the political, on the literary or on the purely p A leading figure in French philosophy, Lyotard is one of the most important critics of academic thought processes. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Contrasting image-figure, form-figure, and matrix-figure, Lyotard establishes links between the order of desire and the figural through the category of transgression: The artists’ reaction to capitalism, and their function, isn’t anymore to create new good forms, but to deconstruct and accelerate their obsolescence. He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in the late s.

Our sensibility is incapable of coping with such sights, but our reason can assert the finitude of the presentation. Account Options Sign in. University of Paris B. He is well-known for his articulation of postmodernism after the late s and the analysis of the impact of postmodernity on the human condition. Each coincides with a school of thought. Finding libraries that hold this item Brian rated it liked it Nov 07, With this said, I must also observe that this work is of vital importance in a period when revisionism of all stripes attempts to rewrite, and often simply deny, the occurrence of historical and cultural events, i.

Dana Miranda marked it as to-read Nov 12, Explore the Home Gift Guide. In Lyotard’s works, the term ‘language games’, sometimes also called ‘phrase regimens’, denotes the multiplicity of communities of meaning, the innumerable and incommensurable separate systems in which meanings are produced and rules for their circulation are created.

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Remember me on this computer. Art becomes a deconstructing force that deals not with the signified of things but their form or plastic organization; and politics is the overturning of a mystified or alienated reality.

Dawn added it Nov 19, WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Lyotard argues that notions of justice and injustice do in fact remain in postmodernism.

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Lyotard argues that we have ceased to believe that narratives of this kind are adequate to represent and contain us all. Connected to this scientific legitimacy is the growing dominance for information machines. In them he found a driftwrks of the limits of our conceptuality, a valuable lesson for anyone too imbued with Enlightenment confidence. After graduation, inhe took up a position teaching philosophy in Constantine in French East Algeria.

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Since Faurisson will accept no evidence for the existence of gas chambers, except the testimony of actual victims, he will conclude from both possibilities gas chambers existed and llyotard chambers did not exist that gas chambers did not exist. Dealing with issues of depth and appearance, the body becomes a surface of inscription for flows of libidinal energy.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. No trivia or quizzes yet. Be the first lyotardd review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: The body may be dwarfed by its power but our reason need not be. He was, despite his reputation as a postmodernist, a great promoter of modernist art.

The different and the sublime are negative terms that introduce a severe pessimism at the core of Lyotard’s philosophy. A must read for all those concerned with Lyotard’s evolution, be it on the political, on the literary or on the purely philosophical plane. Return to Book Page.

It has often been thought that universality is a condition for something to be a properly ethical statement: Desire baffles knowledge and power. Semiotext e- Literary Criticism – pages. View all 3 comments.