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The Lyotard Dictionary

Edited by Stuart Sim

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The first dictionary dedicated to the work of Jean-François Lyotard

Drawing on a multidisciplinary team of experts, the 168 entries in The Lyotard Dictionary explain all of his main concepts, contextualising these within his work as a whole and relating him to his contemporaries.

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Introduction, Stuart Sim
Entries A-Z
Notes on Contributors.

About the Author

Stuart Sim is retired Professor of Critical Theory at Northumbria University. He has published widely on critical theory, and is a Fellow of the English Association. Amongst his recent publications are The Lyotard Dictionary (2011), Addicted to Profit: Reclaiming Our Lives from the Free Market (2012), Fifty Key Postmodern Thinkers (2013), and, with Brett Wilson and Barbara Hawkins (eds) Art, Science & Cultural Understanding (2014).


The Lyotard Dictionary provides an exceptionally clear presentation of his complex and challenging ideas. The entries are written with precision, detail and clarity, offering helpful introductions to unfamiliar concepts as well as fascinating insights for those who already know Lyotard's work. It will be an indispensable guide for students of Lyotard at all levels.
- Simon Malpas, The University of Edinburgh

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