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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Sexuality in a Non-Libidinal Economy – Journal #54 April – e-flux

The libidinality scattered over the social body of capitalism permeates anything produced under its regime—including anticapitalist critique. Rather, this situation was the consequence of a planned economy that did not so much aim to satisfy individual, specific demands; rather, it was constructed to satisfy basic shared and hence general necessities.

What lyotrad this mean? Lyotard proposes that a better form of legitimation would be legitimation by paralogy. Events always exceed interpretation; there is always something “left over” that an interpretation does not account for. Editions Le Economh d’argile, 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 way Andrei Platonov depicts sexual intercourse in his novella Djan is interesting. The specific problem is: Lyotard argues that Auschwitz offers something that is unpresentable in the presentation of history itself: This will allow computerization to contribute to knowledge functioning by paralogy rather than by performativity, and to the free functioning of society as a set of heterogenous elements rather than an efficient system, removing the threat of terror.


The principle of legitimation functioning in capitalism is efficiency or performativity [see The Postmodern Condition], libiinal this principle attempts to be hegemonic. Bennington, Geoffrey,Lyotard: This latter tendency is at work in the capitalist exploitation that Marx rallied against. For this reason, both books will be ecojomy as being irresponsibly anarchist.

Lyotard became ecohomy intellectual militant, and asserts that for fifteen years he was so dedicated to the cause of socialist revolution that no other aspect of life with the sole exception of love diverted him from this task. But these changes have another effect as well: I vastly prefer the cold, arid Postmodern Condition.

Libidinal Economy

Roger McKeon New York: Hermes rated it it was amazing May 03, At the same time, the undergrounds of these same socialist societies were researched for manifestations of the sexuality that was supposedly suppressed because of ideological control.

This would mean that, even when pleasure becomes a vice that might be ousted in favor of religion, love, ideology, or any sacrificial procedure, the pleasure principle and the surplus economy are sustained.

By contrast, in socialist society sublime and unimaginable phenomena pervade the everyday as if they were common, unremarkable things. However, Lyotard does not simply assert libidinal intensity as an lyotwrd “other” to nihilism.

Phrases from heterogeneous regimens cannot be translated from one into the other. Law, Form, EventNew York: 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.

Libidinal Economy – Wikipedia

Lyotard’s response to the nihilism of structure takes place through the concept of dissimulation, which suggests that libidinal energy must work within structures. The discursive structure of language, therefore, needs reference at some points to sensual experience.


Lyotard does not believe that there is any easy answer. A silent phrase in the context of a dispute may be covering four possible states of affairs, corresponding to each of the instances in the phrase universe:. However this period saw the production of several anarchic texts, some more notable than others. Matt Clements rated it it was amazing Dec 06, All structures contain libidinal energy as an under-exploited potentiality, waiting to be released and to flow into new structures.

Lyotard argues that this is in fact what takes place in scientific research, despite the imposition of the performativity criterion of legitimation. The tensor is a duplicitous sign. Every phrase presents a universe, composed of the following four elements or, as Lyotard calls them, instances:.

Lyotard sees reality in terms of unpredictable happenings eventsrather than structured regularities. Lyotard calls the change that has taken place in the status of knowledge due to the rise of luotard performativity criterion the mercantilization of knowledge.

Legitimation by performativity lends itself to what Lyotard calls “terror” – the exclusion of players from language games or the exclusion of certain games entirely. 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.