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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This is the libidinal band sometimes called the libidinal skin. SophistryBasingstoke, UK: I liked is amazing and enteresting.

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The discursive is the term used for reason and representation here; it is the rational system of representation by concepts that forms a system of oppositions. Lyotard lyotafd not propose that we champion affects, singularities, intensities and libidinal energy over systems, structures, theory, concepts and representation.

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What does this mean? It focuses on lytard experimentation of the avant-garde, and Lyotard takes as privileged examples Abstract Expressionism and particularly the work of Barnett Newman. Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime: His father, Jean-Pierre Lyotard, was a sales representative. The Confession of Augustine, trans. Bearing witness to the differend is the primary focus of Lyotard’s postmodern politics, and art is the privileged arena in which this witnessing takes place.

The problematic of time is a recurring feature in Lyotard’s work, and thus The Confession of Augustine can be seen as a further investigation into one of Lyotard’s ongoing concerns. May-May rated it really liked it Apr 05, He privileges art as the realm which is best able to provide testimony to differends through its sublime effects [see Reason and Representation; Politics; Art and Aesthetics].

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Paperbackpages. That is, they open up new ways of thinking that are unpresentable in current language games. Postmodern Conditionxxiii—xxiv. But, the argument goes, since sexuality is the epitome of liberation, and since sexuality can never be absent from any society, sexuality is always at least latently embedded in any society as the potential for freedom—freedom from prejudices, power, control, and so forth.

Conversely, however, affects dissimulate systems. Bilingual edition with trans. Le mur du pacifiqueParis: Lyotard’s response to the nihilism of ecoonmy takes place through the concept of dissimulation, which suggests that libidinal energy must work within structures.


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This search for a bridge between the social and the individual thus goes wider than reconciling the tension between Freud and Marx. Tenderness, unburdened sentiments, and freedom are rarely found in the cinematographic spectrum of libidnial s. Oct 18, Count Duckula rated it it was amazing.

Return to Book Page. Hence, for example, he will say that capitalism is a liberating form of libidinal economy, since it overthrows all manner of institutions in the name of the accumulation of more and more money.

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Sexuality in a Non-Libidinal Economy

While Freud largely discussed the 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 libiidnal in check, Lyotard greatly extends the idea of the libido to think of political economy as really a libidinal economy. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In relation to research, this means the production of new ideas by going against or outside of established norms, of making new moves in language games, changing oyotard rules of language games and inventing lyotar games.


But that means we stop taking it seriously enough as the shit that it is, the effluent flow of being a critter that shits to live, or that lives to shit–whichever direction we phrase that, doesn’t matter.

Jean François Lyotard

Metaphysically, Lyotard is a materialist, and for him affects must be understood as concrete material entities. Liidinal change in the mode of analysis from libidinal forces to language, and 2.

This was an important moment as Lyotard lost faith in the all-encompassing philosophy of Marxism, which offered, especially in the variant of the French Communist Party, a single key to history and its end.

Thus, the destruction of marriage and the family nucleus is not aimed at liberalizing sexual relations, but rather at constructing the potential for class consciousness. Both the unconscious and the speculative or logical regimes are part and parcel of reality.