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Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition

Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art

Ashley Woodward

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Argues for the pivotal importance of Lyotard in light of the emerging discipline of posthumanism

Ashley Woodward presents a series of studies to explain Lyotard’s specific interventions in information theory, new media arts and the changing nature of the human. He assesses their relevance and impact in relation to a number of important contemporary thinkers including Bernard Stiegler, Luciano Floridi, Quentin Meillassoux and Paul Virilio.

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Series Editors’ Preface
Introduction: Beyond the postmodern?: The inhuman condition
1. The End of Time: Evolution, extinction, and the fate of meaning
2. Information and Event: Lyotard’s philosophy of information
3. Economy, Ecology, Organology: On technics and desire
4. Nihilism and the Sublime: The crisis of perception
5. Aesthesis and Techne
New technologies and Lyotard’s aesthetics
6. Immaterial Matter: Yves Klein and the aesthetics of the sensible
7. Inhuman Arts: From cubism to new media
Conclusion: The Judgement of the Inhuman

About the Author

Ashley Woodward is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee and is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Lyotard and the Inhuman Condition: Reflections on Nihilism, Information and Art (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), Gilbert Simondon: Being and Technology (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) and Nihilism in Postmodernity: Lyotard, Baudrillard, Vattimo (The Davies Group, 2009).


Ashley Woodward’s bright analysis rests upon a deep understanding of the whole corpus of Lyotard’s writings, from the earliest to the posthumous, and is contextualized by a confrontation with the philosophies of Bergson, Deleuze, Stiegler, Virilio, Habermas, Heidegger, Luhmann, Merleau-Ponty and others. His book outlines with great clarity the complexity of Lyotard’s view of the ‘inhuman condition’, and particularly his fascination of the ‘artistic event’.

- University of Leuven , Herman Parret

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