The Political Ethics of Jean-François Lyotard
Georges De Schrijver
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Breaking down modernity’s “grand narratives” and universalizing absolutes, the article sketches out the political ethics of Jean-François Lyotard as a postmodern framework by which to view ethical considerations of political realities and choices. Returning to Kantian ethical philosophy as well as post-Shoa reflections, the article describes Lyotard’s philosophical justifications— the activation of the ‘differend’ and giving voice to the ‘silenced minority’—in which a new kind of universality that debunks false universalizations and totalitarianism and a justice of the multiplicity can arise.

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