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Title:
Lyotard : towards a postmodern philosophy
Author:
Williams, James, 1965-
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
viii, 150 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780745610993

9780745611006
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Book

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Summary

Jean-Francois Lyotard was one of the most influential Europeanthinkers in recent decades. He was a leading participant in debatesabout post-modernism and the decline of Marxism, and he madeimportant contributions to ethics, aesthetics and politicalphilosophy.

In this authoritative introduction, Williams tracks the developmentof Lyotard's thought from his early writings on the libidinaleconomy to his more recent work on the post-modern condition.Williams argues that despite the wide-ranging character ofLyotard's writings, they are animated by a long-standing concern todevelop a new theory of political action. Lyotard's productive useof avant-garde art and the aesthetics of the sublime areinterpreted within this context. In the final chapters some of themain criticisms that have been levelled at Lyotard's work areoutlined and assessed.

A challenging but also accessible book, it will be welcomed bystudents and researchers in continental philosophy, literary theoryand the humanities generally.


Author Notes

James D. Williams, Ph.D., is Chief of the Biodiversity Branch, U.S. Geological Survey at the Florida Caribbean Science Center in Gainesville, Florida. He has studied the fishes of North America for more than 40 years.