Why Philosophize?, Paperback / softback Book

Why Philosophize? Paperback / softback

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Why Philosophize? is a series of lectures given by Jean-Francois Lyotard to students at the Sorbonne embarking on their university studies.

The circumstances obliged him to be both clear and concise: at the same time, his lectures offer a profound and far-reaching meditation on how essential it is to philosophize in a world where philosophy often seems irrelevant, outdated, or inconclusive.

Lyotard begins by drawing on Plato, Proust and Lacan to show that philosophy is a never-ending desire - for wisdom, for the other .

In the second lecture he draws on Heraclitus and Hegel to explore the close relation between philosophy and history: the same restlessness, the same longing for a precarious unity, drives both.

In his third lecture, Lyotard examines how philosophy is a form of utterance, both communicative and indirect.

Finally, he turns to Marx, exploring the extent to which philosophy can be a transformative action within the world.

These wonderfully accessible lectures by one of the most influential philosophers of the last 50 years will attract a wide readership, since, as Lyotard says, How can one not philosophize?They are also an excellent introduction to Lyotard s mature thought, with its emphasis on the need for philosophy to bear witness, however obliquely, to a recalcitrant reality.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780745670737

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