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. Desire stands for emancipation, but it is also permeated by the libidinal economy. What does this mean? Jean-François Lyotard’s research on libidinal economy.

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Lyotard argues, for example, that sociology has need of a phenomenological definition of the essence of the social before it can proceed effectively as a science. Thus, the unattractiveness of Soviet goods was not the ideological imperative of the Party. It covers a wide variety of topics, including phenomenology, psychoanalysis, structuralism, poetry and art, Hegelian dialectics, semiotics, and philosophy of language.

Similarly, there is no abstract thought without a relation to reality, to concreteness. Under capitalism, the cessation of libidinal striving seems impossible. At the same time, since multinational corporations are best suited to commodify information at vast scales, the nation-state will lose libidinak central political place and indeed purposely abdicate its role in managing national economies.

The limitations of reason are particularly evident for Lyotard in regard lubidinal the problems of representation. His writings would encounter the dominant Marxism of the French political and academic milieu, while also, over a long career, he would debate with writers in existential phenomenology, structuralism, and eventually post-structuralism, the latter being the moniker under which his works are commonly placed.

Open access to the SEP is made possible by a ,yotard funding initiative. Lyotard makes three particularly important observations about language games.

Furthermore, Lyotard draws attention to the fact that reason tends to operate with structured systems of concepts which exclude the sensual and emotional, libidinxl that these exclusions can never be entirely maintained. Lyotard earned a Ph. It is essential to distinguish Lyotard’s concept of postmodern art from other ideas of libidimal art. This attempt to locate Freud and Marx together can be seen in the broader philosophical tradition that econpmy to reconcile the social or public sphere with the individual or private sphere.


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.

A differend is a case of conflict between parties that cannot be equitably resolved for lack of a rule of judgement applicable to both.

Libidinal Economy | work by Lyotard |

The term “paganism” refers to a way of thinking that takes into account and strives to do justice to incommensurable differences. What is unjust is the violent silencing of those raising claims to justice and disallowing them from making prescriptive claims, such as those colonized and left unheard by ,yotard powers.

Libidinal Economy is a particularly aggressive example of the philosophy that emanated from France in the early s. The situation is this: University of Minnesota Press, Lyotard’s interest in Malraux may be libisinal through the commonalities they share, in particular a problematic relation to the political and an attempted solution to this problem through art. I ought to begin by stating two things which this book is not.

Lyotard’s central claim is that we both take our shit too seriously and don’t take our shit econnomy enough. If the entire project of science needs a metalegitimation, however and the criteria for scientific knowledge would itself seem to demand that it does then science has no recourse but to narrative knowledge which according to scientific criteria is no knowledge at all.

Like other structures which threaten to be hegemonic, Lyotard proposes its disruption through the release of the libidinal forces it contains which are not consistent with it. For structuralism, as it would come to define itself over the next fifteen years in works by Lacan and Claude Levi-Strauss —among others, the human subject is largely the effect of discursive grammars in which it is produced.


Since Faurisson will accept no evidence for the existence of gas chambers except the testimony of actual victims, he will conclude from both possibilities i.

Jean-François Lyotard (1924—1998)

Lyotard describes the wholly impersonal as well as lihidinal personal in terms of feelings and desires, and paints a picture of eocnomy world that moves and is moved in the ways that feelings move people. These are the names of men and women who have lived and worked in Lebanon as painters and sculptors over the past century. In thinking, one accepts the occurrence for what it is: University College London Press, La guerre des Algeriens: Lyotard offers a number of examples of differends: The gap between the need for pleasure and the necessity for common values is minimized.

He located the origin of sexuality in the discourses that regulated health, clinical deviation, and medical care in post-disciplinary societies. On the other hand, capitalism tends to hoard up libidinal energy into structured and regulated systems, restricting its flow.

Lyotard follows Friedrich Nietzsche — in arguing that there is no objective science or forms of knowledge that are not based in a desire or what Nietzsche called a will for power, a point that Lyotard will econo,y by looking at the desire or libido behind the so-called scientific works of the later Marx.

Art has a privileged place in Lyotard’s philosophy of events, since ligidinal calls attention to the limits of representation. Drawing on Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenological analysis of the depth of the visual field, Lyotard posits an interruption of the supposedly flat system of language by this depth. In Lyotard’s libiddinal of postmodernism and the differend, he develops an aesthetic theory of postmodern art. Hogarth,