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Jean-Francois Lyotard’s Postmodernism and the Contemporary World

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Author B. Charles Henry
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 680-682
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 7
Issue Date August 01, 2013
Publishing Date August 01, 2013
Keywords Jean-Francois Lyotard, Postmodernism, Modernism, Traditionalism, The enlightenment movement, Kantianism, Utilitarianism


Postmodern technocrats seem to want to isolate themselves from all prior philosophical perspectives. To the postmodernist, there exists no absolute truth. The postmodernist believes that corruption is the dogma of the day and they offer no auspicious future. Although it may be accurate to portray the world existing in inequity and disproportionate states, prevailing protocols still guide behavior, actions, and outcome of groups and individuals. Even without such “absolute” reality, the world can and do glean adequate information to function relatively stable. Therefore, the extent to which postmodernists will seek to distort such reality should be rejected. Jean-Francois Lyotard, for example, opined that one should reject Kantian philosophy in totality on the basis that it is unrealistic for contemporary times. The realization that civilization builds upon earlier experiences should be enough to demonstrate that extracts of particular domains are important to the absolute whole but Lyotard conveniently escape that point.

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