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- DescriptionWhy Philosophize? is a series of lectures given by Jean-Francois Lyotard to students at the Sorbonne embarking on their university studies. The circumstances obliged him to be both clear and concise: at the same time, his lectures offer a profound and far-reaching meditation on how essential it is to philosophize in a world where philosophy often seems irrelevant, outdated, or inconclusive. Lyotard begins by drawing on Plato, Proust and Lacan to show that philosophy is a never-ending desire - for wisdom, for the other . In the second lecture he draws on Heraclitus and Hegel to explore the close relation between philosophy and history: the same restlessness, the same longing for a precarious unity, drives both. In his third lecture, Lyotard examines how philosophy is a form of utterance, both communicative and indirect. Finally, he turns to Marx, exploring the extent to which philosophy can be a transformative action within the world. These wonderfully accessible lectures by one of the most influential philosophers of the last 50 years will attract a wide readership, since, as Lyotard says, How can one t philosophize? They are also an excellent introduction to Lyotard s mature thought, with its emphasis on the need for philosophy to bear witness, however obliquely, to a recalcitrant reality.
- Author BiographyJean-Francois Lyotard is formerly Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Paris VIII and Professor, University of California at Irvine.
- Author(s)Jean-Francois Lyotard
- PublisherPolity Press
- Date of Publication20/09/2013
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPolity Press
- Weight162 g
- Width128 mm
- Height190 mm
- Spine10 mm
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