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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This regime converts these conscious phenomena into individualized jouissancethus drawing them into the realm of the unconscious and turning them into drives. This characterisation of events as phrases may be understood as a theoretical fiction libidinwl “a way of speaking” which allows Lyotard to develop a theory of events through the analysis of language, just as the libidinal philosophy does using libidinal energy.

Jean François Lyotard (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Callinicos, Alex,Against Postmodernism: Lyotard, Rorty, Foucault New York: Lyotard’s answer is – performativity. Researchers tried to discover the concealed practices of sexual liberation and subversive behavior, which would enable them to confirm that the expression of sexuality automatically subverts the Rather, it will be an ongoing process of learning updated technical information that will be essential for their functioning in their respective professions.

Refresh and try again. Art and PoliticsLondon: Bennington, Geoffrey,Lyotard: Rojeck, Chris and Turner, Bryan S. Edmund Berger rated it liked it Jan 10, One can decipher to what extent capitalism is part and parcel of life by looking at the way jouissance and phantasms circulate within the framework of production and exchange. Dissimulation is a concept that allows us to see the elements of the libidinal economy as duplicitous.

Dec 10, DaImpossibleKid rated it really liked it. Lyotard extends the notion of the sublime from that which is absolutely great to all things which confound our abilities to synthesize them into knowledge.


Art need not provide a political message, represent reality properly, or morally guide us. He calls this threat “terrorism”: Minuit, The Differend: Curtis, Neal,Against Autonomy: Every phrase presents a universe, composed of the following four elements or, as Lyotard calls them, instances: Thus, the unattractiveness of Soviet goods was not the ideological imperative of the Party. While he sees the usefulness of phenomenology in many disciplines, however, Lyotard’s conclusions about the usefulness of phenomenology to Marxism are largely negative.

Furthermore, Lyotard introduces a notion of ‘terror’ that he develops more fully in his later works, indicating the suppression of Algerian culture by the imposition of foreign French cultural forms.

Lyotard, along with Souyris, became a member of the splinter group Pouvoir Ouvrier Worker’s Powerbut resigned in 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. To have complete access to the thousands of philosophy articles on this site, please.

Usually, sexuality stands libldinal freedom and emancipation. Postmodern science, however, does not function according to a legitimation by performativity precisely because it undermines determinism.

Legitimation by performativity lends itself to what Lyotard calls “terror” – the exclusion of players from language games or the exclusion of certain games entirely. Lyotard sees these tendencies as limiting and nihilistic, in the sense that they deny the full possibilities of the expression of intensities.

Lyotard makes his own distinction between the categories of modern and postmodern in art, however, in a couple of ways. Rather, it was a mistrust of a certain dominant ideology of the unconscious in which all drives are reduced to suppressed enjoyment, acquire the status of an a priori principle, and thereby take on emancipatory potentialities.

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Furthermore, Lyotard draws attention to the fact that reason tends to operate with structured systems of concepts which exclude the sensual and emotional, but that these exclusions can never be entirely maintained. The main thrust of this work, however, is a critique of structuralism, particularly as it manifests itself in Lacan’s psychoanalysis.


All social, logical, and generalizing functions emerge later. Allen Severino rated it really liked it Jul 11, He asks why, if humanism is correct that there is a human nature, we are not born human but rather have to go through a terroristic education in order to become acceptably human. Lyotard expresses this nihilism in terms of what he calls “the Great zero.

This also means that there is no “correct” way of concatenating a phrase, no correct phrase regimen to be employed in following one phrase with another. 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. What happens to sexuality under such conditions?

Diacritics, 14 3special issue on Lyotard. That is what is unjust.

Jean-François Lyotard (1924—1998)

Hence the anti-critical, anti-theoretical style of the book which attempts itself to create a happening within the reader. Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists vol. Also forthcoming as Vol. Perversions and sexuality can be ascribed to libidinao child only if they unfold via the linguistic articulation and registration of them—which the child, at least in the pre-oedipal or even oedipal stage, is not able to do.

This is why the critique of the commodity cannot overthrow the regime of capital and the libidinal economy: In modernity the narrative of science was legitimated by one of a number of metanarratives, the two principal ones being respectively Hegelian and Marxist in nature.