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Lyotard and the Inhuman ConditionReflections on Nihilism, Information and Art$
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Ashley Woodward

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748697243

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697243.001.0001

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Beyond the Postmodern? The Inhuman Condition

Beyond the Postmodern? The Inhuman Condition

(p.1) Introduction Beyond the Postmodern? The Inhuman Condition
Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition

Ashley Woodward

Edinburgh University Press

The introduction to this book argues that Lyotard’s work may be approached anew by recognising that his views developed in significant ways after his most popular work, The Postmodern Condition. In his later book The Inhuman and elsewhere, he suggests that a type of metanarrative persists after the decline of Enlightenment metanarratives, one which he calls “development” and associates with technoscience and capital. This “inhuman condition” is suggested as a perspective for reconsidering Lyotard’s work in light of contemporary concerns such as transhumanism, posthumanism, information society, and new media arts. This chapter frames discussion of these themes by introducing three major areas to be explored in the book, and the relationships between them: nihilism, information, and art.

Keywords:   Jean-François Lyotard, Postmodern, Posthumanism, Nihilism, Information, Art

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