Libidinal Economy

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This is a philosophical development of the Freudian concept of 'libidinal economy' and one of Lyotard's most important works. In part a response to Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus, it can also be seen as culminating a line of modern thought ranging from de Sade, Nietzsche and Bataille, to Deleuze, Klossowski, Irigaray and Cixous. It is thus important in the context of modern French philosophy, and also in its relevance to contemporary thinking on a broad range of questions, including sexual politics, semiotics and literary studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253207289
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Series: Theories of Contemporary Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,021,290
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-François Lyotard (1924-1998) was Professor of Philosophy at several institutes of higher learning in Paris and at the University of California. A member of the radical group Socialisme ou Barbarie, he later went on to become one of the founding figures of postmodernism with his work The Postmodern Condition.
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Table of Contents

Translator’s Preface


Introduction by Iain Hamilton Grant
A Shameless Immodest Provocation
Lyotard’s Lyotards
One or Several Lyotards?
The Libidinal Economics of Critical Philosophy
Critique and Crisis
Phantasy Island: Back to Kant

I: The Great Ephemeral Skin
Opening the Libidinal Surface
Pagan Theatrics
Turning of the Bar
Duplicity of Signs
Deduction of the Voluminous Body
Duplicity of the Two Pulsional Principles
The Labyrinth, the Cry

II: The Tensor

Semiotic Sign
Intensity, the Name
‘Use Me’
Simulacrum and Phantasm
Syntax as Skin

III: The Desire Named Marx
Libidinal Marx
There Is No Subversive Region
Every Political Economy Is Libidinal
Every Political Economy Is Libidinal (Cont)
There Are No Primitive Societies
Inorganic Body
Edwarda and Little Girl Marx

IV: Trade
Nicomachean Erotics
Lydian Eulogy
Institutive Prostitution
Outlet Payment
War of Silver, Currency of Death: Mercantilist Politics

V: Capital
Coitus Reservatus
The Concentratory Zero
Nihilist Theory of the Zero of Credit
The Reproductive Use of Credit Money
The Speculative Use of Credit Money: 1921
The Speculative Use of Credit Money: 1929

VI: Economy of This Writing
Economy of the Figurative and the Abstract
The Theoretical as Libidinal
Bodies, Texts: Conductors


Indiana University Press

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