There can be no doubt that Jean-Francois Lyotard’s The Postmodern
Condition has more than lived up to its title insofar as it has been
taken up as the signal explication, if not example, of the condition that
the ‘globalised’ world finds itself in today.1 This paper attempts to
demonstrate the incoherence of at least one of its arguments, namely
that the postmodern marks the relegation of the social bond not only
to the past but also to what is passé.