The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge

The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge

Paperback Theory & History of Literature

By (author) Jean-Francois Lyotard, Translated by G. Bennington, Translated by B. Massumi

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  • Format: Paperback | 110 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 10mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 9 August 1984
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 0719014506
  • ISBN 13: 9780719014505
  • Illustrations note: index
  • Sales rank: 47,768

Product description

Many definitions of postmodernism focus on its nature as the aftermath of the modern industrial age when technology developed. This book extends that analysis to postmodernism by looking at the status of science, technology, and the arts, the significance of technocracy, and the way the flow of information is controlled in the Western world.

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Table of contents

Foreword by Frederic Jameson Introduction 1 The field: knowledge in computerized societies 2 The problem: legitimation 3 The method: language games 4 The nature of the social bond: the modern alternative 5 The nature of the social bond: the postmodern perspective 6 The pragmatics of narrative knowledge 7 The pragmatics of scientific knowledge 8 The narrative function and the legitimation of knowledge 9 Narratives of the legitimation of knowledge 10 Delgitimation 11 Research and it legitimation through performativity 12 Education and its legitimation through performativity 13 Postmodern science as the search for instabilities 14 Legitimation by paralogy Appendix Notes Index