Lyotard and the Political

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Lyotard and the Political is the first book to consider the full range of the political thought of the French philosopher Fran?ois Lyotard and its broader implications for an understanding of the political. 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 is compared with Lyotard's later, highly influental writings on the politics of desire and his attempts ...

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Overview

Lyotard and the Political is the first book to consider the full range of the political thought of the French philosopher François Lyotard and its broader implications for an understanding of the political. 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 is compared with Lyotard's later, highly influental writings on the politics of desire and his attempts to base a postmodern political discourse on the sublime.
An indispensable work for all who are interested in modern continental philosophy, Lyotard and the Political offers the first systematic analysis of the political dimension of the work of one of the most controversial and influential philosophers of the twentieth century.

Also available in this series: Lacan and the Political Pb: 0-415-17187-3: £12.99
Heidegger and the Political Pb:0-415-13064-6: £12.99
Derrida and the Political Pb: 0-415-10967-1: £13.99
Nietzche and the Political Pb: 0-41510069-0: £12.99
Foucault and the Political Pb: 0-415-10066-6: £12.99

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415183499
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/3/2000
  • Series: Thinking the Political Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.35 (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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