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Jean-François Lyotard
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Jean-François Lyotard.
Photo by Bracha L. Ettinger, 1995.
Born (1924-08-10)10 August 1924
Versailles, France
Died 21 April 1998(1998-04-21) (aged 73)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Education University of Paris (B.A., M.A.)
University of Paris X (DrE, 1971)
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Continental philosophy
Phenomenology (early)
Post-Marxism (late)
Postmodernism (late)
Institutions Lycée of Constantine [fr] (1950–52)
Collège Henri-IV de La Flèche [fr] (1959–66)
University of Paris (1959–66)
University of Paris X (1967–72)
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (1968–70)
University of Paris VIII (1972–87)
Collège International de Philosophie
Johns Hopkins University
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Berkeley
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
University of California, Irvine (1987–94)
Emory University (1994–98)
Main interests
The Sublime, Judaism, sociology
Notable ideas
The "postmodern condition"
Collapse of the "grand narrative", libidinal economy
Lyotard grave, Paris
Lyotard's grave at Le Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Jean-François Lyotard ( 10 August 1924 – 21 April 1998) was a French philosopher, sociologist, and literary theorist. His interdisciplinary discourse spans such topics as epistemology and communication, the human body, modern art and postmodern art, literature and critical theory, music, film, time and memory, space, the city and landscape, the sublime, and the relation between aesthetics and politics. He is best known for his articulation of postmodernism after the late 1970s and the analysis of the impact of postmodernity on the human condition. Lyotard was a key personality in contemporary Continental philosophy and author of 26 books and many articles. He was a director of the International College of Philosophy which was founded by Jacques Derrida, François Châtelet, Jean-Pierre Faye and Dominique Lecourt.

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