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|Title||:||The differend: Phrases in dispute|
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The differend: Phrases in dispute Reviews
Can't help but think that this text leans to much on an inter-textual approach to philosophy. Also, his work is extremely fascinating in several ways - like the way he describes the Differend as finding idioms for thoughts that do not necessarily fit into our current lexicon... and that finding idioms for new thoughts constitutes the goal of philosophy... albeit this notion of philosophy tends to be a bit too 'linguistical' in its approach, I think the overall point is that discourse can be an inadequate way to approach the truth as well, but language, even though it is faulty, is really the only tool philosophers have to say anything meaningful at this point.
This was my first introduction to Lyotard, and it is still probably one of the best works of his that I have read. Lyotard uses Wittgenstein to develop a postmodern theory of language and the incommensurable character of language and language games. The theory takes on the enlightenment tendencies in Habermas' critical theory and Gadamer's hermeneutics. Well thought out, well constructed, and written to achieve a clarity in argumentation that is a refreshing contrast to Derrida and/or Heidegger and that particular strain of philosophical discourse.
Review published in The French Review 63.4 (1990): 722-723.