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Judging Lyotard
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London ; New York : Routledge, 2003.


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xii, 211 p.
Warwick studies in philosophy and literature
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The work of Jean-Francois Lyotard signals the return of judgement to the centre of philosophical concerns. This collection of papers is the first devoted to his work and provides an estimation and critique of his writings, and included Lyotard's important essay on Sensus Communis.

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Part of the "Warwick Studies in Philosophy and Literature" series, Benjamin's fine volume brings together nine essays that address from a wide range of perspectives the question of judgment in Lyotard's work. Several, including an important essay by Lyotard himself, focus on Kant and the post-Kantian tradition of political theory. Essays here discuss Lyotard in relation to Rawls, Habermas, Arendt, and Tocqueville. Other essays move into the realm of aesthetic-political judgment while discussing Lyotard's organization of an exhibition at the Pompidou Center in 1985, or relating his work to the domains of literature (G. Bennington on Corneille's Horace) and film (B. Readings on Herzog's Where the Green Ants Dream). Together, the essays raise important questions about community, democracy, and postmodernism as the contributors analyze the strengths and weaknesses of Lyotard's thinking on both practical and theoretical political judgment. No bibliography, a limited index, and the level of complexity of the essays will restrict the book's audience to advanced undergraduate and graduate students and to professional philosophers, political theorists, and literary-cultural critics, whose attention will be rewarded by several of these excellent essays. A. D. Schrift; Grinnell College

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Notesp. xii
1 Sensus Communisp. 1
Notesp. 25
2 Lyotard and the Problem of Justicep. 26
3 On the Critical 'Post' Lyotard's Agitated Judgementp. 43
Notesp. 77
4 The Modern Democratic Revolution: Reflections on Lyotard's the Postmodern Conditionp. 81
Notesp. 97
5 Habermas Vs Lyotard Modernity Vs Postmodernity?p. 99
Notesp. 116
6 The Postmodern Kantianism of Arendt and Lyotardp. 119
7 'Ces Petits Différends': Lyotard and Horacep. 145
Notesp. 166
8 Pagans, Perverts or Primitives? Experimental Justice in the Empire of Capitalp. 168
Notesp. 187
9 Les Immatériaux and the Postmodern Sublimep. 192
Indexp. 206