The Inhuman: Reflections on Time

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Stanford University Press, 1991 - Philosophy - 216 pages
Jean-François Lyotard is one of Europe's leading philosophers, well known for his work The Postmodern Condition. In this important new study he develops his analysis of the phenomenon of postmodernity.

In a wide-ranging discussion the author examines the philosophy of Kant, Heidegger, Adorno, and Derrida and looks at the works of modernist and postmodernist artists such as Cézanne, Debussy, and Boulez. Lyotard addresses issues such as time and memory, the sublime and the avant-garde, and the relationship between aesthetics and politics. Throughout his discussion he considers the close but problematic links between modernity, progress, and humanity, and the transition to postmodernity. Lyotard claims that it is the task of literature, philosophy, and the arts, to bear witness to and explain this difficult transition.

This important contribution to aesthetic and philosophical debates will be of great interest to students in philosophy, literary, and cultural theory and politics.

 

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Lyotard is a gifted, elegant, sensitive thinker. He in a sort of way reawakens our sensibility of time and images. Read this book with patience, thoughtfulness, and you will be rewarded.

Contents

About the Human
1
Can Thought go on without a Body?
8
Rewriting Modernity
24
Matter and Time
36
Logos and Techne or Telegraphy
47
Time Today
58
The Instant
78
The Sublime and the AvantGarde
89
Speech Snapshot
129
After the Sublime the State of Aesthetics
135
Conservation and Colour
144
God and the Puppet
153
Obedience
165
Scapeland
182
Domus and the Megalopolis
191
Index
205

Communication without Communication
108
Representation Presentation Unpresentable
119

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