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Jean François Lyotard

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[New Entry by Peter Gratton on September 21, 2018.] Jean-Francois Lyotard (1924 - 1998) was a French philosopher whose best known work - often to his chagrin - was his 1979 The Postmodern Condition. Written at the request of the Council of Universities of the Provincial Government of Quebec on the state of knowledge in the contemporary world, this work brought the term "postmodernism", already in use in other fields, such as the arts and literature, to the forefront of debates in Western philosophy, especially when published in English in 1984. The...

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