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The circumstances obliged him to be both clear and concise: at the same time, his lectures offer a profound and far-reaching meditation on how essential it is to philosophize in a world where philosophy often seems irrelevant, outdated, or inconclusive. Lyotard begins by drawing on Plato, Proust and Lacan to show that philosophy is a never-ending desire - for wisdom, for the 'other'.
In the second lecture he draws on Heraclitus and Hegel to explore the close relation between philosophy and history: the same restlessness, the same longing for a precarious unity, drives both. In his third lecture, Lyotard examines how philosophy is a form of utterance, both communicative and indirect. Finally, he turns to Marx, exploring the extent to which philosophy can be a transformative action within the world.
These wonderfully accessible lectures by one of the most influential philosophers of the last 50 years will attract a wide readership, since, as Lyotard says, 'How can one not philosophize?
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Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Why Philosophize? Oct 12, Aung Sett Kyaw Min rated it liked it. A series of brief meditations on desire, loss of unity, the use of philosophical speech, and the link between theory and practice, all weaved together into a coherent inquiry by the titular question.
For Lyotard as for Marx, to transform reality is to abolish philosophy or ideology as a fever dream where the sickly consciousness displaces into the beyond what is here and now but not yet concrete. Likewise, philosophical speech is not a self-absorbed empty speech feeding on enigmas itself generat A series of brief meditations on desire, loss of unity, the use of philosophical speech, and the link between theory and practice, all weaved together into a coherent inquiry by the titular question.
Likewise, philosophical speech is not a self-absorbed empty speech feeding on enigmas itself generates, but is instead motivated by the gap or the lack which is the real in life. Philosophy must inexorably reckon with the question posed by Marx which is at the simultaneously a wound inflicted on it, namely, the infamous demand to transform reality in addition to merely interpreting it. In truth, how can we not philosophize?
Dec 26, Pavol Hardos rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , philosophy. It reflects poorly on the reputation of continental philosophy that one is firstly moved to remark on the work's accessibility and relative clarity.
The book is almost jargon-free, mostly intelligible and quite engaging. I say almost and mostly because there were passages, of course, where I myself suddenly felt like one of those college freshmen at whom these were first directed: my eyes glazing, staring into the distance, my attention sliding away; what is this One he keeps mentioning?
And so on. And at least I had the benefit of being able to re-read. This is not just a work that helps you understand Lyotard - though it does - but it can be of interest to anyone who is concerned with the subject of philosophy - even if you do not happen to be a complete naif. And it's worth reading even if the answer to the central question 'Why philosophize? Jan 04, Sanjana Rajagopal rated it liked it Shelves: philo-theo. First book of ! I must say this was somewhat disappointing.
Just when I thought it was getting somewhere, it would start winding and dragging along However, you'd think that after getting through Heidegger, this would be a breeze. You'd be wrong! While the conversational style held my attention, this was still somewhat of a difficult read. What I understood, I found very profound though. I did enjoy the theme of d First book of ! I did enjoy the theme of desire and the last lecture's emphasis on the infamous message laid out in Marx's eleventh thesis on Feuerbach.
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