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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

JEAN-FRANÇOIS LYOTARD, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII and Professor at the University of California, Irvine, is author of numerous books, including The Differend: Phrases in Dispute, Heidegger and "the Jews", and The Post-Modern Condition. IAIN HAMILTON GRANT is in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

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Product Details

  • Series: Theories of Contemporary Culture
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; First Edition edition (March 22, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253207282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253207289
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 27, 2001
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An important work by the late, missed and brilliant Francois Lyotard. An effective response to Deleuze and Guattari's "Anti-Oedipus", Lyotard almost succeeds in showing the libidinal drives underlying not only the economy but a critique of Marxism too. Here while seemingly accepting Freud's idea of the libido, Lyotard shows how much more complex and satisfying his take of society is compared to the cumbersome and unsuccessful try by Deleuze and Guattari to combine Marx and Freud. Lyotard uses ideas from Bataille to stress the organic development of man and society in contrast to the mechanistic structures of "Anti-Oedipus" which is reminiscent of most of the French rationalist school who want to reduce everything to equations of either bodies without organs, or a formula by Descartes.
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This book appeals to people who realize how wrong ideas have always been compared to the unpredictability of the ways a police state could twist everything to make Christians the perfect kind a rabble to kick around. I have become so well versed in how these ideas resonate that danger is the social context that makes music better than what marginal creatures at best can accomplish.
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