Jean-François Lyotard: Postmodern Condition [The Postmodern Condition]

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  • Michael Mahin

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, knowledge c…

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Mahin, Michael. "Postmodern Condition". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 October 2007
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