CHAPTER 7

LYOTARD, NIHILISM ANDEDUCATION1

The ‘linguistic turn’ of Western philosophy (Heidegger's later works, the penetration of Anglo-American philosophies into European thought, the development of language technologies); and correlatively, the decline of universalist discourses (the metaphysical doctrines of modern times: narratives of progress, of socialism, of abundance, of knowledge). The weariness with regard to ‘theory’, and the miserable slackening that goes along with it (new this, new that, post-this, post-that, etc.). The time has come to philosophize.

Lyotard, J. F. (1988: xiii).

What I relate is the history of the next two centuries. I describe what is coming, what can no longer come differently: the advent of nihilism. This history ...

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