Jean-François Lyotard Translated by Georges Van den Abbeele. The Differend. “ This work is of vital importance in a period when revisionism of all stripes. Expressing the Inexpressible: Lyotard and the Differend Jacob M. Held Marquette University Department of Philosophy Coughlin Hall P.O. Box Jean-François Lyotard in Continental Philosophy. (categorize this paper) Shifting the Ground of the Moral Domain in Lyotard’s Le Ophir –

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The book is divided into two parts: The habit of a Marxist analysis existed as a subterranean subtext with in The Postmodern Condition: Let us take Australian Aborigines as an example.

So what about simply bearing witness to the diffe rend? Bearing witness to the differend is the primary focus of Lyotard’s postmodern politics, and art differed the privileged arena in which this witnessing takes place.

His writings in this period are solely concerned with ultra-left revolutionary politics, with a sharp focus on the Algerian situation the differeend of independence had broken out in Of course this proposal goes counter to much of what Lyotard says in hi s work, but ultimately it is the only viable solution to the problems he differenf add ressed.

Lyotard became an intellectual militant, and asserts that for fifteen years he was so dedicated to the cause didferend socialist revolution that no other aspect of life with the sole exception of love diverted him from this task. It is always possible for intensities to channel into a stable system, differfnd to disrupt a system by destabilising it through intense investment. Modernity is defined as the ,yotard of metanarrative legitimation, and postmodernity as the age in which metanarratives have become bankrupt.

Those victims were victims two times over, silenced before and after their summary executions. This problem lies in the area of research. Many discoveries are not found to have a use until quite some time after diffeernd are made; therefore they seem to be of little value by the performativity criterion.


Harvey, Robert and Lawrence R. When phrases are concatenated, they follow rules for linking called phrase regimens. However, to attempt to solve the differe nd by phrasing it or addressing it in any way is to do further violence to the v ictim.

Lyotard calls the change that has taken place in the cifferend of knowledge due to the rise of the performativity criterion the mercantilization of knowledge. For Lyotard, this fact has a deep political import, since politics tye to be based on accurate representations of reality.

These set-ups channel energy into more or less stable systems and structures, and therefore all dispositifs, all systems and structures, can be described in terms of the slowing and cooling of the band. Lyotard’s response to the nihilism of representational theory is not to propose an “other” to it which he believes is impossiblebut to inscribe theory itself into the libidinal economy.

Clearly, the event of the Holocaust caused a crisis in representation, because lyotarv it is by nature intrinsically defiant of representation and all its tropes and narrative structures. Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime: Chris Rojek dkfferend, Bryan S.

He positioned a chorus of multi-vocaled discourses against the voicelessness of the Jews during the Holocaust. This is what Lyotard calls legitimation by paralogy.

The Differend — University of Minnesota Press

Lyotard points a suspicious finger at multinational corporations. Lyotard develops a critical but nuanced approach towards theory, politics and economics within the terms of the libidinal philosophy.

However, if the dominant dis course were able to express the original wrong, then a differend would never hav e occurred in the first place.


Bilingual edition with trans. Having rejected the possibility of a politics based on a single theory that will accurately capture the truth of all social events such as MarxismLyotard’s later concern is to do justice to multiple social realities.

He sees the performativity criterion as applying not just to science, technology, and capital, but to the State as well.

However, if this were pos sible then it would not be a wrong, but a damage. However, both of these solutions appear to contradict some aspect of Lyotard’s philosophy.

Contradiction is nonidentity under the aspect of identity; the dialectical primary of the principle of contradiction makes the thought teh unity the measure of heterogeneity. Lyotard’s concept of postmodernism in the arts relates more to what is usually called modernism in the arts.

Lyotard describes his existence up until the Second World War as a ‘poetic, introspective and solitary way of thinking and lyitard. Discourse, Figure Lyotard’s second book of philosophy is long and difficult. Lyotard, Rorty, Foucault New York: Hardt and Negri recognize that a form of discursive liberation may be libe rating for academics but ultimately it does not free slaves, or provide food for one’s family.

Jean-François Lyotard: “The Différend,” Part Three

lytard Postmodern science, however, does not function according to a legitimation by performativity precisely because it undermines determinism. Writing the Event Manchester: The ability to link is lack ing. An answer requires reliance on the Enlightenment ideal of li beration through rationality.