Jean-François Lyotard

1924 - 1998

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Jean-François Lyotard (UK: ; US: ; French: [ʒɑ̃ fʁɑ̃swa ljɔtaʁ]; 10 August 1924 – 21 April 1998) was a French philosopher, social theorist, and literary theorist. His interdisciplinary discourse spans such topics as epistemology and communication, the human body, modern art and postmodern art, literature and critical theory, music, film, time and memory, space, the city and landscape, the sublime, and the relation between aesthetics and politics. He is best known for his articulation of postmodernism after the late 1970s and the analysis of the impact of postmodernity on the human condition. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-François Lyotard has received more than 615,879 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Jean-François Lyotard is the 192nd most popular philosopher (down from 185th in 2019), the 402nd most popular biography from France (down from 381st in 2019) and the 25th most popular French Philosopher.

Jean-François Lyotard is most famous for his work in postmodernism. He was a philosopher who was born in France and died in 1998. He was a professor at the University of Paris VIII and the University of California, Irvine. He wrote many books on postmodernism, including The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge (1979) and The Inhuman: Reflections on Time (1988).

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Among philosophers, Jean-François Lyotard ranks 192 out of 1,089Before him are Karl Kautsky, Anaximenes of Miletus, José Ortega y Gasset, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hans Kelsen, and Xun Kuang. After him are Proclus, Diogenes of Apollonia, Nicolas Malebranche, Giorgio Agamben, Pierre Gassendi, and Apollonius of Tyana.

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Among people born in 1924, Jean-François Lyotard ranks 10Before him are Charles Aznavour, Marcello Mastroianni, Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Robert Mugabe, Kim Dae-jung, and Truman Capote. After him are Eli Cohen, Sarah Vaughan, Süleyman Demirel, Benoit Mandelbrot, Jacques Le Goff, and Black Dahlia. Among people deceased in 1998, Jean-François Lyotard ranks 9Before him are Frank Sinatra, Halldór Laxness, Jean Marais, Carlos Castaneda, Ernst Jünger, and Todor Zhivkov. After him are Yang Shangkun, Niklas Luhmann, Octavio Paz, Alan Shepard, Raymond Cattell, and Vladimir Prelog.

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Among people born in France, Jean-François Lyotard ranks 402 out of 5,234Before him are Arthur de Gobineau (1816), Alexis Carrel (1873), Dagobert I (611), Marc Bloch (1886), Jacques Prévert (1900), and Alphonse de Lamartine (1790). After him are Alfred Binet (1857), Odilon Redon (1840), Robert Campin (1375), François-Noël Babeuf (1760), Robert I of France (860), and Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627).


Among philosophers born in France, Jean-François Lyotard ranks 25Before him are Paul Ricœur (1913), Jean Buridan (1295), Ernest Renan (1823), Pierre Bayle (1647), Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881). After him are Nicolas Malebranche (1638), Pierre Gassendi (1592), Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714), Gabriel Marcel (1889), Gaston Bachelard (1884), and Joseph de Maistre (1753).