Political Writings

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Jean-Francois Lyotard introduced the term "postmodern" into current discussions within philosophy, politics, society and social theory. His "The postmodern condition" is seminal within the current debates over the relationship of theory and epistemology to history and political practice. For Lyotard, the postmodern condition is one in which the "meta- narratives of legitimation" the enlightenment, Hegelian thought, Marxism have fallen into disuse and can no longer analyze myriad labyrinthine social texts that have been forged from their ruins. Meta- narratives assume the role of privileged discourses not inflected by historical contingencies, and each situate local social and political practices within a broader totalizing and legitimizing framework. Lyotard claims that various local practices can no longer be legitimized by these meta-discourses; legitimation itself descends to the level of praxis as practitioners assume the responsibility for legitimizing their own practices.; "Political writings" is a collection of Lyotard's writings mostly published between 1956 and 1969 in "Socialisme ou Barbarie", the influential journal of the non-Communist French left. The political Motivation Implicit In Lyotard's Arguments In "The Postmodern Condition" become quite explicit in this collection. The articles outline the relevance of political struggles to contemporary debates about social and political theory; the limitations of Marxist models applied to concrete situations; and the development of the analytical categories that Lyotard himself currently uses in his critical practices.; In a rigorous examination of the strategies and passions of various groups, Lyotard demonstrates that the emancipatory models at work in specific local struggles are different from the universalist ones proposed by the Enlightenment, occurring as they do in First World and Third World Contexts In Which Specificity And Difference Are Negotiated And Determined.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816620432
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: The End of The Political
I Intellectuals
1 Tomb of the Intellectual 3
2 The Differend 8
3 For a Cultural Nonpolicy 11
4 New Technologies 14
5 Wittgenstein "After" 19
6 Intellectual Fashions 23
7 A Svelte Appendix to the Postmodern Question 25
II Students
8 Dead Letter 33
9 Preamble to a Charter 41
10 Nanterre, Here, Now 46
11 March 23 60
12 Concerning the Vincennes Psychoanalysis Department 68
13 Endurance and the Profession 70
14 Ersiegerungen 77
III Big Brothers
15 Born in 1925 85
16 A Podium without a Podium: Television according to J.-F. Lyotard 90
17 Oikos 96
18 The General Line 108
19 The Wall, the Gulf and the Sun: A Fable 112
IV More "jews"
20 German Guilt 127
21 Heidegger and "the jews": A Conference in Vienna and Freiburg 135
22 The Grip (Mainmise) 148
23 Europe, the Jews, and the Book 159
V Algerians
24 The Name of Algeria 165
25 The Situation in North Africa 171
26 The North African Bourgeoisie 179
27 A New Phase in the Algerian Question 187
28 Algerian Contradictions Exposed 197
29 The "Counterrevolutionary" War, Colonial Society, and de Gaulle 214
30 The Social Content of the Algerian Struggle 221
31 The State and Politics in the France of 1960 252
32 Gaullism and Algeria 277
33 Algeria: Seven Years After 286
34 Algeria Evacuated 293
Notes 327
Index 343
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