Lyotard and the Political

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Lyotard and the Political is the first book to consider the full range of the French philosopher Francois Lyotard's political thought and its broader implications. Author James Williams clearly and carefully traces the development of Lyotard's thought from his early Marxist essays on the Algerian struggle for independence to his break with the thought of Marx and Freud. This book explains why Lyotard lost his belief in revolutionary politics and seeks to draw out the positive and negative consequences of this loss. Encompassing all of Lyotard's thought, early and late, the book situates his work in terms of the dominant political and philosophical positions of the twentieth century.Williams clearly explains the relationship between Lyotard's thought and the thought of Kant, Heidegger, and Deleuze.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415183482
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Thinking the Political Series
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations; 1. Introduction. Lyotard on Malrauz: nihilism, art and politics; 2. Impasse; The Algerian differend; Economics and terror; Algeria after independence; Critical attacks on the left and the right; The libidinal drift away from critique; The silencing of critique; 3. Libidinal Economy and nihilism; For a revaluation of libidinal economy; Style and arguments; Dissimulation in context; The problem of nihilism; Heidegger and metaphysics; The political as active passivity; 4. Libidinal Economy and capital; Problems of a passive politics; Art and the political as active passivity; Painting and desire; Painting and apathy; Passivity and the problem of collaboration; Libidinal economies; Modern capitalism and active passivity; 5. The turn to judgement; Questions of judgement; The need for judgement; Lyotard's interpretation of Kant; Justifying the differend; The politics of the differend; 6. The sublime and politics; The differend and political pragmatics; Lyotard's postmodern irony; The inhuman; Matter; 7. Conclusion. A withdrawal from the political?; Nostalgia and anamnesis; A politics for whom?; Lyotard, truth and principles; Bibliography; Index
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