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Distress I

Simon Morgan Wortham

in Modern Thought in Pain: Philosophy, Politics, Psychoanalysis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748692415
eISBN:
9781474408660
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692415.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Ranci;re's critique of Lyotard's interpretation of the sublime. Rancière's wider dissatisfaction with Lyotard hangs on a recursive reference to a lecture given by Lyotard for ... More


Cultural Complexity, Moral Interdependence, and the Global Dialogical Community

Seyla Benhabib

in Women, Culture, and Development: A Study of Human Capabilities

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198289647
eISBN:
9780191596698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198289642.003.0010
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

Benhabib reconsiders aspects of the cultural relativism–universalism debate via sociological hypotheses regarding the reproduction and interdependence of cultures. After taking issue with relativist ... More


The Metahistory of Denial: The Irving/Lipstadt Libel Case and Holocaust Denial

Robert Eaglestone

in The Holocaust and the Postmodern

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199265930
eISBN:
9780191708596
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265930.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks at the significance of metahistory in combating Holocaust Denial, and takes as its case study the Irving/Lipstadt Libel Case from 2000. After describing the metahistorical ... More


Jean-François Lyotard: What Is Just?

Richard Kearney

in Debates in Continental Philosophy: Conversations with Contemporary Thinkers

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823223176
eISBN:
9780823235155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823223176.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Jean-François Lyotard is seen today as the first philosopher of the postmodern condition. His thinking developed from phenomenology to ... More


Sounds Like Now: Form-Contrariness, Romanticism, and the Postmodern Sublime

Kiene Brillenburg Wurth

in Musically Sublime: Indeterminacy, Infinity, Irresolvability

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230631
eISBN:
9780823235452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230631.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Though a typically Hegelian concept, this chapter adopts form-contrariness (as the possibility of form undoing itself) to read Jean-François Lyotard's postmodern sublime ... More


Economy, Ecology, Organology: On Technics and Desire

Ashley Woodward

in Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748697243
eISBN:
9781474418669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697243.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter explores the theme of general economy which is evident in many of Lyotard’s diverse writings, and relates it to wider contexts – such as ecology and organology –in which it is operative. ... More


Nihilism and the Sublime: The Crisis of Perception

Ashley Woodward

in Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748697243
eISBN:
9781474418669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697243.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter explores the subtle relations between the themes of nihilism and the sublime in Lyotard’s works. One of the puzzling shifts in Lyotard’s work is from the castigation of nihilism in his ... More


Inhuman Arts: From Cubism to New Media

Ashley Woodward

in Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748697243
eISBN:
9781474418669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697243.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Twentieth century European philosophy has seen many influential critiques of the technological dehumanisation process, often accompanied by appeals to the humanising powers of art as a potential ... More


Jean-François Lyotard: The Roller Coaster of the Sublime

Boris Groys

in Under Suspicion: A Phenomenology of Media

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231146180
eISBN:
9780231518499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231146180.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines Jean-François Lyotard's theory of the sublime. In his Critique of Judgment, Immanuel Kant defines the sublime as follows: “That is sublime which even to be able to think of ... More


The End of Time: Evolution, Extinction, and the Fate of Meaning

Ashley Woodward

in Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748697243
eISBN:
9781474418669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697243.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Approximately one trillion, trillion, trillion (101728) years from now, the universe will suffer a “heat death.” What are the existential implications of this fact for us, today? This chapter ... More


Information and Event: Lyotard’s Philosophy of Information

Ashley Woodward

in Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748697243
eISBN:
9781474418669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697243.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter interprets Lyotard’s remarks on information in the wider context of information theory and philosophy of information. It situates him as a philosopher of information who, despite a lack ... More


In The Shadow of Wittgenstein's Lion: Language, Ethics, and the Question of the Animal

Cary Wolfe

in Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226905136
eISBN:
9780226905129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226905129.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Ludwig Wittgenstein's aphorism “If a lion could talk, we could not understand him” to reevaluate how distinctly different figures in contemporary philosophy and theory have ... More


The politics of postmodernity

Saul Newman

in Unstable Universalities: Poststructuralism and Radical Politics

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719071287
eISBN:
9781781701522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719071287.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter outlines some of the characteristics of the ‘postmodern condition’ as defined by Jean-François Lyotard. The cultural condition of postmodernity, which emerges with late capitalism, has ... More


Musically Sublime: Indeterminacy, Infinity, Irresolvability

Kiene Brillenburg Wurth

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230631
eISBN:
9780823235452
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230631.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This book rewrites musically the history and philosophy of the sublime. Music enables us to reconsider the traditional course of sublime feeling on a track from pain to pleasure. ... More


Beyond the Postmodern? The Inhuman Condition

Ashley Woodward

in Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748697243
eISBN:
9781474418669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697243.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The introduction to this book argues that Lyotard’s work may be approached anew by recognising that his views developed in significant ways after his most popular work, The Postmodern Condition. In ... More


Aesthēsis and Technē: New Technologies and Lyotard’s Aesthetics

Ashley Woodward

in Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748697243
eISBN:
9781474418669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697243.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines Lyotard’s consideration of the way that technologies, and in particular information technologies, reconfigure the nature of aesthetic experience. When art uses communication ... More


Rigorous Infidelity: Whole Text Sampling in the Curatorial Work of Henri Langlois, Dewey Phillips, and Jean-François Lyotard

Barry Mauer

in Sampling Media

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199949311
eISBN:
9780199364749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199949311.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter theorizes the ways in which curators sample and mix whole texts in their archives. Samplers of whole texts include radio DJs, film programmers, museum curators, and scholars. The ... More


Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art

Ashley Woodward

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748697243
eISBN:
9781474418669
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697243.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book offers an incisive argument for the contemporary importance of Lyotard in light of posthuman trends. Jean-Francois Lyotard was one of the leading French philosophers of his generation, ... More


Epilogue: To Live with What Would Otherwise Be Unendurable: Return(s) to Subjectivities

Michael M. J. Fischer

in Subjectivity: Ethnographic Investigations

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247925
eISBN:
9780520939639
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247925.003.0016
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter discusses the returns of subjectivities and the exchanges, transductions, and implications of these returns, examining two “mute dreams” and views suffering as enfans. It then discusses ... More


Immaterial Matter: Yves Klein and the Aesthetics of the Sensible

Ashley Woodward

in Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748697243
eISBN:
9781474418669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697243.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter demonstrates how Lyotard’s aesthetic theory provides the basis for a new interpretation of Yves Klein which provides an alternative to his common reception as a Conceptual artist. ... More


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