Jean-François Lyotard and Performativity


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Jean-François Lyotard and Performativity
Jean-François Lyotard (1924-1998) was a French philosopher who applied the artistic term of “postmodern” to look at the “condition of knowledge.” His 1979 book The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, according Frederic Jameson who penned the book’s forward, signaled a change from the so-called, “modern era” to the “postmodern” age. Among other things the book came at the time when society was socially and economically changing from one where learning was focused by broad narratives in different fields of learning to smaller or “petit.” He discussed the change that science and technology were making on the very nature of society, on learning and on how intellectuals identify systems of...
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.....upervision and Curriculum
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