Jean-François Lyotard

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Jean-François Lyotard

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Jean-François Lyotard was a French philosopher.

His essay, The Tooth, The Palm, was featured in NTU CCA Singapore's first publication, Theatrical Fields: Critical Strategies in Performance, Film, and Video (2016).

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Jean-François

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Lyotard

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2016

Birth Date

1924

Birthplace

France

Death Date

1998

Occupation

Philosopher

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Jean-Francois Lyotard was a French philosopher. His influential book <i>The Postmodern Condition</i> (1979) would come to define postmodernism. He introduced the concept of “master narrative” as a critique of hegemonic forms of knowledge that attempt to construct and make sense of history. His writings span philosophy, politics, and aesthetics, all unified by a persistent view that reality consists of singular events that cannot be accurately represented. Lyotard made a substantial contribution in theatrical theory where he opposed the analytic rigidity of semiotics. Lyotard’s vision of a “theater of energies,” rather than of signs, was particularly relevant in the theoretical grounding of the concept of performance.

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“Jean-François Lyotard,” NTU CCA Singapore Digital Archive, accessed August 8, 2022, https://ntuccasingapore.omeka.net/items/show/842.