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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Jean-Francois Lyotard and knowledge production


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Jean-Francois Lyotard (1924-1998) was a French philosopher best known for his analysis of knowledge distribution and postmodernism. Wikipedia says,


"His interdisciplinary discourse spans such topics as epistemology and communication, the human body, modern art and postmodern art, literature and critical theory, music, film, time and memory, space, the city and landscape, the sublime, and the relation between aesthetics and politics." (Wikipedia: Jean-Francois Lyotard, 7.1.21 UTC 20:05)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Lyotard.




"I define postmodern as incredulity towards metanarratives." (The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, 1977)


Knowledge as a commodity


"Knowledge is and will be produced in order to be sold, it is and will be consumed in order to be valorized in a new production..." (The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, 1977)


Art and the sublime


"I shall call modern that art which... presents the fact that the unpresentable exists. To make visible that there is something which can be conceived and which can neither be seen nor made visible." (


"The sublime is not mere pleasure as taste is - it is a mixture of pleasure and pain... Confronted with objects that are too big according to their magnitude or too violent according to their power, the mind experiences its own limitations." (Peregrinations Law Form)