The Postmodern Condition
is an epistemological exploration
into the politics of late-capitalism. By insisting on the
paradigmatic nature of knowledge based on the fundamental function
of the “language game,” Lyotard insists on the inadequacy of a
political system which sees performativity as an end in itself,
failing to recognize, both intellectually and economically, those
“paralogical” pursuits which are necessary to the health of society
as a whole.
Lyotard begins with an investigation into the status of
knowledge. His hypothesis is that the status of knowledge is
altered as societies enter the postindustrial age, and as cultures
enter what is known as the postmodern age. With this evolution,
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