Why the Social Bond Cannot be a Passing Fashion

Reading Wittgenstein Against Lyotard

in Theoria
Author: David Schalkwyk
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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.


A Journal of Social and Political Theory


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