Lyotard’s libidinal philosophy is developed in the major work Libidinal Economy and in two sets of essays, Dérive à partir. Peter King reviews Libidinal Economy by Jean-Francois Lyotard. Libidinal Economy: Jean-François Lyotard: In Libidinal Economy (), a work very much influenced by the Parisian student uprising of May , Lyotard.

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Econojy his early work on phenomenology through Discourse, FigureLibidinal Economyand The Postmodern ConditionLyotard argued that events occur always in the face of what is not presentable to a phenomenology, discourse, language game, or phrase regimen. This stage in the transformation of the libidinal band represents the formation of rational thought, dominated by binary logic libisinal the law of noncontradiction.

Foucault, Lyotard, Derrida London: The book itself contains numbered paragraphs, building on arguments he had been making in the years leading up to the work. Necessity can be realized in the domain of reality, not counter to it, as Piaget claims.

Genres of discourse can bring heterogenous phrase regimens together in a concatenation, but genres themselves are heterogenous and incommensurable. Georges Van Den Abbeele Minneapolis: This is nothing to do with the translator although his glossary and introduction can hardly be called helpful but is rather due to the style and procedure adopted by the author himself.

In the second part of Discours, figurestructure and transgression are related to Freudian libidinal forces, paving the lyotatd for the libidinal philosophy developed in Libidinal Economy. Les transformateurs DuchampParis: Other Internet Resources [Please contact the author with suggestions.

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Just as pagan religions believe in a number of different gods rather than just one God, Lyotard’s pagan philosophy represents a concern for pluralism and multiplicity terms he uses synonymously to oppose the idea libidinaal universality. After Libidinal Economythrough a series of shorter works, Lyotard argued that we live again in pagan societies with many gods to be worshipped.


Libidinal Economy therefore served to neutralise his Marxist past. Lyotard develops the philosophy of language that underlies his work on paganism and postmodernism most fully in The Differend: What is unjust, Lyotard avers.

From Marxism to Postmodernism and Beyond. The nihilistic aspect of representational theory is this denial of the libidinal. SophistryBasingstoke, UK: Lyotard produced an M. Spring is here, so we are naturally thinking about sex all the time.

However, over ceonomy course of the history of psychoanalytic and post-psychoanalytic thought, what used to be the symptoms of a disease in the realm of the unconscious became the vocabulary for creative, nonrational, and hence liberating forms of behavior, production, and communication.

There he took part in the May political actions, organising demonstrations for the “March 22 Movement. Eventually this situation of flux crystallised into what we now refer to as poststructuralism, postmodernism and deconstruction.

Justice demands a witnessing and a remembering of the fact that there is a differend. But it also confirms that capitalism is libidinally desired, even if it might be theoretically and conceptually denounced.

Jean-François Lyotard (1924—1998)

Usually, sexuality stands for freedom and emancipation. Julian Pefanis and Morgan Thomas Sydney: Apr 13, Grace rated it did not like it Shelves: Reason and representation are further “critiqued” lyotarc the libidinal philosophy of Libidinal Economy and the related essays, although here the very idea of critique itself is called into question, since insofar as it remains theory, it remains within the oppositional logic of representational rationality.

What sense of the phrase is meant? Lyotard’s libidinal philosophy prescribes a “freeing up” of structures, so that events may be allowed their maximum potentiality of expression in competing interpretations and dispositions.


The failure of the uprisings ofand in particular the gulf these events showed existed between workers and ecoonmy, led to a major change in radical French philosophy. Lyotard insists that phrase regimens are heterogenous and incommensurable. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is desire for pointless pleasure and it does not seek any particular needs.

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The Subject and the Inhuman Like many other prominent French thinkers of his generation such as Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Gilles DeleuzeLyotard develops critiques of the subject and of humanism. Lyotard discusses Sigmund FreudKarl Marx and lytard[1] and presents the work of Deleuze, Guattari and Jean Baudrillard as “brother” critiques. In andhe published Au juste translated as Just Gaming and The Differendrespectively, two works that remain important to anyone thinking a postmodern politics.

Nov 22, Iany Mcgrawn rated it it was amazing. Libidinal Philosophy In the early s Lyotard developed a philosophy based ecknomy Sigmund Freud’s theory of the libido.

This leads Lyotard to a criticism of phenomenology as well, on the grounds that its descriptions of the body in the world are also too structural and lubidinal not account for the disruptive force of the figural. He suggests that structured, abstract conceptual thought has dominated philosophy since Plato, denigrating sensual experience. The distinction between narrative and scientific knowledge is a crucial point in Lyotard’s theory of postmodernism, and one of the defining features of postmodernity, on his account, is the dominance of scientific knowledge over narrative knowledge.