The Postmodern Condition

A report on knowledge

By Jean-François Lyotard

The Postmodern Condition

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-1450-5
  • Pages: 136
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £14.99
  • Published Date: August 1984
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Philosophy, Philosophy: Epistemology & Theory Of Knowledge, PHILOSOPHY / General, PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology, History, Philosophy, History, Modern History


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.


Foreword by Frederic Jameson
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

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