Postmodern Fables

This latest offering from one of the founding figures of postmodernism is a collection of fifteen fables that ask, in the words of Jean-Francois Lyotard, how to live, and why? Here, Lyotard provides a mixture of anarchistic irreverence and sober philosophical reflection on a wide range of topics with attention to issues of justice and ethics, aesthetics, and judgment. In sections titled Verbiages, System Fantasies, Concealments, and Crypts, Lyotard unravels and reconfigures idealist notions subjects as various and fascinating as the French Revolution, the Holocaust, the reception of French theory in the Anglo-American world, the events of May 1968, the Gulf War, academic travelers as intellectual tourists, the collapse of communism, and his own work in the context of others'.