Edited, with an Introduction, by Hugh J. Silverman
Routledge, 2002



Jean-François Lyotard, the highly influential twentieth-century philosopher of the postmodern, has had an enormous impact on the course and commitment of contemporary philosophy. Lyotard:Philosophy, Politics, and the Sublime is a thoroughgoing reassessment of his extraordinary legacy and contribution to contemporary cultural, political, ethical, and aesthetic theory, and an indispenable guide to key issues in his philosophy. Fifteen distinguished scholars have contributed new, original essays examining the main themes in Lyotard's work with a focus on the special intersections of philosophy, psychoanalysis, politics, and the experience of the sublime in art. The volume includes an up-to-date bibliography of works by and about Lyotard, previously unpublished photographs of Lyotard, and an incisive essay by Lyotard himself on the philosophical significance of Freud's case of Emma.

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Gary E. Aylesworth, Debra B. Bergoffen, Richard Brons, Fred Evans, Thomas R. Flynn, Wayne Froman, Shaun Gallagher, James Hatley, Jean-François Lyotard, Michael Naas, Stephen David Ross, Hugh J. Silverman, Serge Trottein, Erik Vogt, James R. Watson, Wilhelm S. Wurzer


Table of Contents

Abbreviations of Frequently Cited Texts

Jean-François Lyotard- Between Politics and Aesthetics:Hugh J. Silverman

I. (Ex)citing Philosophy
1. Emma:Between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis:Jean-François Lyotard

II. Conversations and Differends
2. Conversations in Postmodern Hermeneutics:Shaun Gallagher
3. Lyotard, Bakhtin, and Radical Heterogeneity:Fred Evans
4. Lyotard, Levinas, and the Phrasing of the Ethical:James Hatley
5. Lyotard, Gadamer, and the Relation Between Ethics and Aesthetics:Gary E. Aylesworth
6. Lyotard, Nancy, and the Myth of Interruption:Michael Naas
7. Lyotard, Frank, and the Limits of Understanding:Erik Vogt

III. After Politics
8. Interrupting Lyotard:Whither the We?:Debra B. Bergoffen
9. Lyotard, Heidegger, and "The Jews":James R. Watson
10. Lyotard and History Without Witnesses:Thomas R. Flynn
11. Lyotard and "The Forgotten":Stephen David Ross

IV. Before Aesthetics
12. Postmodern Thinking of Transcendence:Richard Brons
13. Lyotard:Before and After the Sublime:Serge Trottein
14. Lyotard, Kant, and the In-Finite:Wilhelm S. Wurzer
15. The Suspense:Wayne Froman
16. Lyotard and the Events of the Postmodern Sublime:Hugh J. Silverman

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