Lyotard’s libidinal philosophy is developed in the major work Libidinal Economy and in two sets of essays, Dérive à partir. Peter King reviews Libidinal Economy by Jean-Francois Lyotard. Libidinal Economy: Jean-François Lyotard: In Libidinal Economy (), a work very much influenced by the Parisian student uprising of May , Lyotard.

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Jean François Lyotard (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Noa Kim rated it it was amazing Jan 10, He surmises that a nationalist, democratic revolution will only lead to new forms of social inequality and domination, and insists that a socialist revolution is necessary. Lyotard’s writings cover a large range of topics in philosophy, politics, and aesthetics, and experiment with a wide variety of styles.

In any case, computerization seeks the repetition of what exists now in modes of efficiency, while the child in the human is open to possibilities of the future, the events to come that cannot be programmed or pre-figured.

The term “Inhuman” has two meanings for Lyotard. Tenderness, unburdened sentiments, and freedom are rarely found in the cinematographic spectrum of the s.

This goal directs how phrases are linked on from one to another.

This is because the only way libidinal energies can exist is within structures. To question requires that something happen that reason has not yet known. In this email is a confirmation link. While Freud largely discussed the libido at the individual level as a form of energy circulating within the body and necessitating societal laws that led to the formation of an internal superego keeping these energies in check, Lyotard greatly extends the idea of the libido to think of political economy as really a libidinal economy.

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For Lyotard, this is a question of both knowledge and power. Th Fascinating, but definitely not known for clarity, or ‘verifiable’ notions of truth. Politics, she believed, became ideological at best and totalitarian at worst if wedded to notions of truth, such as involved in the metanarratives of Marxist economic theory and its inexorable laws of history, or the racist theories of Nazism.

For this reason, both books will be critiqued as being irresponsibly anarchist. Nevertheless, while he remained a man of his time—always responding and making advances in the dominant schools of French thought through which he lived—his work continues to speak to those influenced by those fields, as well as new movements in Continental realisms, aesthetics, and posthumanism. By continuing to browse the site with cookies enabled in your browser, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy.

Its surplus appears as a macabre force. It becomes The Shit, and we ponder Its Shitness, and preserve it, abstract from it, worship its image, theorize it, etc.

The method Lyotard chooses to use in his investigations is that of language games. Stanford University Press, His most substantial writings of this time were lyotarrd contributions to the Socialisme ou Barbarie journal on the political situation in Algeria [many of which are collected in Political Writings ]. And yet it is not nothingsince we are pulled into the pragmatics and practice of this particular language game that calls on us to dconomy judgments.

After graduation, inhe took up a position teaching philosophy in Constantine in French East Algeria. Libiinal the Postmodern, ed. Bilingual edition with trans. Libidinal Economy begins with the figure of a body ambivalently sexedbeing cut open and spread out to form a flat, band-like surface.

Sexuality in a Non-Libidinal Economy

Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology suggests that we experience the world on a pre-cognitive level as ambiguous and somewhat chaotic sense data which must be synthesized by the perceiving subject in order to structure the world in a meaningful way. In the postmodern philosophy events are analyzed as phrases, and again Lyotard asserts that events exceed representation in that linidinal representational system can account for all phrases.


Against this notion of the inhuman, akin to what Lyotard years earlier had called the figural, is the inventiveness of another form of the inhuman, what would get us beyond the human of humanism and its grand narratives. Lyotard furthermore asserts that avant-garde art works of the twentieth century do not reinforce the oyotard, but call it into question through the unsettling effect of the sublime.

The term “paganism” refers to a way of thinking that takes into account and strives to do justice to incommensurable differences. Fascinating, but definitely not known for clarity, or ‘verifiable’ notions of truth.

Because of the radical incommensurability of libidinak regimes in the case of a differend, any “resolution” would only assert the legitimacy of one phrase regime at the cost of silencing the other, thus deepening the wrong. Who is being addressed and why? Postmodern Condition The principle of legitimation functioning in capitalism is efficiency or performativity [see The Postmodern Condition], and this principle attempts to be hegemonic.

What is at stake in the genre of comedy, for example, is to be humorous, to make people laugh.