This volume traces the topic of affect across Lyotard's corpus and accounts for Lyotard's crucial and original contribution to the thinking of affect. Highlighting the importance of affect in Lyotard's philosophy, this work offers a unique contribution to both affect theory and the reception of Lyotard.
Affect indeed traverses Lyotard's philosophical corpus in various ways and under various names: "figure" or "the figural" in Discourse, Figure, "unbound intensities" in his "libidinal" writings, "the feeling of the differend" in The Differend, "affect" and "infantia" in his later writings. Across the span of his work, Lyotard insisted on the intractability of affect, on what he would later call the "differend" between affect and articulation. The singular awakening of sensibility, affect both traverses and escapes articulation, discourse, and representation. Lyotard devoted much of his attention to the analysis of this traversal of affect in and through articulation, its transpositions, translations, and transfers. This volume explores Lyotard's account of affect as it traverses the different fields encompassed by his writings (philosophy, the visual arts, the performing arts, literature, music, politics, psychoanalysis as well as technology and post-human studies).
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 603 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 28 mm
This collection of essays by globally acknowledged experts and newer voices in the field will doubtless set the tone for a rediscovery and reappraisal of Lyotard's considerable contributions to affect theory and its applications. More fundamentally, it sketches a performative metaphilosophy through its encounter with a thinker who enacts philosophy as a perpetual, precarious traversal. * Matthew R. McLennan, Assistant Professor, School of Public Ethics, Saint Paul University, Canada *
Anger, Joy, Disappointment, Fear, Hope, Anxiety: our era is marked by affect as its dominant feature. In the recent turn to emotion and affect in philosophy, few works have the feeling and subtlety of Jean-Francois Lyotard's essays. His wise and knowing meditations on the ethics, aesthetics, psychology and politics of affect deserve even deeper consideration than his banner ideas around the postmodern and the sublime. With this outstanding collection of chapters, by leading Lyotard scholars, we can now reflect carefully and sensitively on the affects governing our increasingly desperate actions in private and public life. Lyotard wanted to buy us a different kind of time and gift us different modes of attention to passions and their causes. This collection achieves just that. * James Williams, Honorary Professor of Philosophy, Deakin University, Australia *