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Other titles in the Cultural Memory in the Present series:
Enthusiasm: The Kantian Critique of History (Cultural Memory in the Present)by Jean-francois Lyotard
Synopses & Reviews
Enthusiasm studies what Kant calls a "strong" sense of the sublime, not as an aesthetic feeling but as a form of political judgment rendered not by the active participants in historical events but those who witness them from afar. Lyotard's analysis, preparatory to his work in The Differend and subsequent publications, is a radical rereading of the Kantian "faculties," traditionally understood as functions of the mind, in terms of a philosophy of phrases derived from Lyotard's prior encounters with Wittgenstein's theory of language games. The result is a kind of "fourth" critique based in Kant's later political and historical writings, with an emphasis on understanding the place of those sudden and unscripted events that have the power to reshape the political/historical landscape (such as the French Revolution, May 1968, and others).
Book News Annotation:
This translation of French philosopher and literary theorist Jean-François Lyotard (1924-1998) is a "radical rereading" of German philosopher Immanuel Kant's (1724-1804) illustrates Lyotard's transition from his earlier Freudo- Marxian interest in libidinal politics and cultural revolution to his later, more discursive work on models of social justice and ethics. The work is a critique of Kant's later historical and political writing, and focuses on the role of sudden and unpredictable events capable of changing the political and historical landscape. Annotation Â©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Enthusiasm is Lyotard's most elaborate and provocative statement on the politics of the sublime.
About the Author
Jean-François Lyotard was a French philosopher and literary theorist best known for his theories of postmodernity (The Postmodern Condition, 1979) and for his wide-ranging work on questions of justice, judgment, politics and aesthetics. Among his most influential books are Phenomenology (1953); Discourse/Figure (1972); Libidinal Economics (1974); Just Gaming (1979); The Differend (1983); The Inhuman (1998); Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime (1991); and Postmodern Fables (1993).
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