Jean-François Lyotard Translated by Georges Van den Abbeele. The Differend. “ This work is of vital importance in a period when revisionism of all stripes. Expressing the Inexpressible: Lyotard and the Differend Jacob M. Held Marquette University Department of Philosophy Coughlin Hall P.O. Box Jean-François Lyotard in Continental Philosophy. (categorize this paper) Shifting the Ground of the Moral Domain in Lyotard’s Le Ophir –

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Although one may fi nd a phrase that approximates a communication of the wrong done this will always be unsatisfactory. State University of New York Press, Lyotard argues that this is in fact what takes place in scientific research, despite the imposition of dufferend performativity criterion of legitimation.

A Report on Knowledge, trans. Yale University Press, Augustine Tue Confession of Augustine was incomplete at the time of Lyotard’s death, and has been published posthumously in partial form, with working notes appended.

Lyotard’s main reason for rejecting pagani sm is that he himself recognizes that in order to adjudicate between competing c laims one requires a way to determine which statement is more justified than the others.

Jean-François Lyotard: “The Différend,” Part Three

Lyotard furthermore asserts that avant-garde art works of the twentieth century do not reinforce the subject, but call it into question through the unsettling effect of the sublime. Either he could accept that certain forms of discourse will always be in a position of dominance in relation to others, and hence restrict the work of philosophy to a ceaseless project of bearing ‘witness’ to inarticulate inter ests and ends Between Judaism and Christianity, trans. Discourse, Figure Lyotard’s second book of philosophy is long and difficult.


Curtis, Difderend, Against Autonomy: Faurisson denied the Holocaust along the specious lines of deploying the clothing of reason and logic, unwittingly perhaps echoing the asserted rationality of extermination as uttered by the Nazis.

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He proceeds to deconstruct this opposition, however, and attempts to show that discourse and figure are mutually implicated. Establishing and making public the truth of the recent past-attributing responsibility to state officials for specific acts and in some cases exacting retribution-appears here as the ineluctable precondition for any democratic future. There is a communication breakdown b etween differing, and sometimes competing, discourses.

This power of disturbance is related to the feeling of the sublime, and it is difcerend indication of the differend.

For Lyotard language is composed of a multiplicity of phrase regimes which cannot be translated into each other. As if to make up dicferend this they are secretly haunted by dreams in which they no longer live, but were gassed inas if their entire existence after that was purely imaginary, emanation of the vagrant wish of someone who was killed twenty years ago.

It is that which is so new and different it can only be diffrrend modern in retrospect. Toward the Postmodern, ed.

Libidinal Economy dkfferend a reading of Marx’s texts as works of art, an emphasis which seeks to release the libidinal aspects of Marx, the desire for revolution. On the one hand, any representation will miss something of the event, and on the other, non-rational forces such as feelings and desires will arise to disrupt rational schemas of thought. A Gesture of Colour, ed. Sacrifice is not available to the deportee, nor for that reason accession diffferend an immortal collective name.


In Constantine Lyotard read Marx and became acquainted with the Algerian political situation, which he believed was ripe for socialist revolution. That is, it must be unsettling before it becomes an accepted norm.

Jean-François Lyotard: “Le Différend,” Part One

Part of his work in The Postmodern Condition can be read as a defence of narrative knowledge from the increasing dominance of scientific knowledge. Metanarratives do violence to alternative representations of events that are valid in their own right. It is Adorno who introduced the way in which the Holocaust re-defined death as negation, as an act or an outcome that had no meaning.

Sim, Stuart, Lyotard and the Inhuman Cambridge: 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. Of course all phras es, obviously, do not function in the same way. As Lyotard describes the nature of the problem, the reality of the damage is the burden of the plaintiff to illustrate.

Lyotard sees these tendencies as limiting and nihilistic, in the sense that they deny the full possibilities of the expression of intensities.