Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction: Rethinking the Political. 2. Lyotard's Materialism. 3. States of Society: The Postmodern Condition. 4. States of Society: The Libidinal Economy. 5. Methodology. 6. Politics. 7. Hegel, Levinas and Capital. 8. Critical Debates. References. Index.
James Williams is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee.
'I would recommend this book to anyone in search of a concise, intelligent and well-researched introduction to Lyotard. Williams writes as an advocate but also with a welcome independence of mind and a knowledge of wider philosophical debates - both 'analytic' and 'continental' that enables him to offer some pointed criticism along the way. His book stands out from the mounting pile of post-modernism primers by its avoidance of the usual hand-me-down formulas and its keenness of insight when dealing with issues central to Lyotard's extensive body of work on philosophy, art, and politics.' Christopher Norris, University of Wales Cardiff