Jean-Francois Lyotard on Algeria: Political or apolitical?

Filozofski Vestnik 24 (1):7-19 (2003)

In this paper published in Slovenian, i argue that Jean-François Lyotard could probably not have written his groundbraking book Le Différend in the eighties of the 20th century without having had his Algerian experience as a young teacher there. Lyotard was member of the group of leftist intellectuals "Socialisme ou barbarie" (also name of a journal they issued) around Cornelius Castoriadis. Understanding the "Other" and the relationship between the subject and the "Other" is essential to the line of thought that Lyotard developped in Le Différend. See his book La guerre des Algériens.
Keywords Jean-François Lyotard  Algeria  le différend  the political, a French concept
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