The Event of Sense in Lyotard's Discours, Figure

One of the dominant themes structuring the trajectory of Jean-François Lyotard's philosophical work is his concern to think the event in a way that renders it intelligible, but that also respects the alterity and the uncanniness that are essential to it. In this paper I defend Lyotard's earlier understanding of the event, articulated most thoroughly in Discours, figure, from the criticisms of the later Lyotard, articulated most thoroughly in The Differend. More specifically, I attempt to demonstrate that the event, as disruption of the stable system of signification, is given immediately with the signification that it disrupts.
Keywords Jean-Francois Lyotard  event  sense
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