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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The following is a list of books by and about Lyotard available in English. Under this rubric, what is dubbed the human is constrained to become more like machines in their functioning, or indeed that the machines we have built will replace us in terms of the thinking we thought integral to the human being. Foucault, Lyotard, Derrida London: Humanism is also called into question in Lyotard’s later philosophy through the term “Inhuman.

Columbia University Press, It is that which is so new and different it can only be called modern in retrospect. His aim is to show that structuralism ignores the figural elements at work both outside and within representational structures.

Therefore, the viciousness of the libidinal economy should be intensified to make it appear even more vicious, so ecobomy an unimaginable or inhuman jouissance will subvert or transgresses the imaginable pleasure. The mistake of structuralism is to interpret the figural in entirely discursive terms, ignoring the different ways in which these elements operate.

Lyotard’s analysis of the libidnial of reason and representation is played out in Discours, figure through the terms of the discursive and the figural. The Postmodern Explained to Children, ed. Share – Sexuality in a Non-Libidinal Economy.


Notes – Sexuality in a Non-Libidinal Economy. While Freud largely discussed ecnomy libido at the individual level as a form of energy circulating within the body and necessitating societal laws that led to the formation of an internal superego keeping these energies in check, Lyotard greatly extends the idea of the libido to think of political economy as really a libidinal economy. He is well-known for his articulation of postmodernism after the late s and the analysis of the impact of postmodernity on the human condition.

Libidinal Economy is a particularly aggressive example of the philosophy that emanated from France in the early s.

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Edinburgh University Press, And just as in capitalism, where it matters not what goods econmy in circulation as long as there is an accumulation of capital, desires are neutral as to their locale.

The court of appeal in which claims to land rights are heard functions entirely according to government law, and tribal law is not considered a valid system of judgment.

Copyright of the artist. The macabre dimension of this argument is that according to Lyotard, the critique of capitalism itself is not at all free from the pulsions and desires that produce the capitalist condition. Leuven University Press, forthcoming. But of course, any such eyewitnesses are dead and are not able to testify. Hence, we have a case of a wrong which cannot be presented as a wrong; a differend.

Despite his radical disillusion with these early political commitments, however, lyotatd strong political concern remains a central feature of all of Lyotard’s mature works. It may be the case that the only evidence for the claim to land rights that the Aborigines have will not be admissible as evidence in the court of government law though it is perfectly acceptable in tribal law.


Jean-François Lyotard (1924—1998)

The silence that surrounds the phrase, Auschwitz was the extermination econojy is not a state of mind, is the sign that something remains to be phrased which is not. Rodrigo Silva rated it it was amazing Nov 15, Columbia University Press, University College London Press, Aaron rated it it was ok Dec 13, There are many theories of postmodernism in the arts, literature, architecture, and other areas of cultural practise.

Edmund Berger rated it lyotadd it Jan 10, The figural is what makes it impossible to collapse language into pure signification, what Kristeva would dub the symbolic, and this makes changes in language possible, as seen in llibidinal and literature. Rather postmodern art would be that taking place of a self-enclosed event that withstands interpretation and is irreducible, as art, to any use value.

Jean François Lyotard (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Finally, for me, the most disappointing aspect of this book is its absolute pointlessness. Affects are structured and interpreted in systems made up of dispositifslibidinal dispositions or set-ups, and society is composed of multitudes of different dispositions that compete to exploit the energies of libidinal events.

Lyotard was a prolific writer on dconomy art and lyogard aesthetics. Proper names pick our referents in a way that is rigid and consistent but, according to Lyotard, empty of sense.