The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge

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U of Minnesota Press, 1984 - Philosophy - 110 pages
In this book it explores science and technology, makes connections between these epistemic, cultural, and political trends, and develops profound insights into the nature of our postmodernity.
 

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Lyotard may be one of the doyens of postmodernism but personally I found this irrelevant and tedious; if it had not been such a short work I would not have continued to the end.

Contents

Knowledge in Computerized Societies
3
Legitimation
6
Language Games
9
The Modern Alternative
11
The Postmodern Perspective
14
The Pragmatics of Narrative Knowledge
18
The Pragmatics of Scientific Knowledge
23
The Narrative Function and the Legitimation of Knowledge
27
Delegitimation
37
Research and Its Legitimation through Performativity
41
Education and Its Legitimation through Performativity
47
Postmodern Science as the Search for Instabilities
53
Legitimation by Paralogy
60
Answering the Question What Is Postmodernism?
71
Notes
85
Index
107

Narratives of the Legitimation of Knowledge
31

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