Book Review: Jean-François Lyotard, Pourquoi philosopher?

Matthew R. McLennan


The posthumous Pourquoi Philosopher? collects Jean-François Lyotard’s previously unpublished four-part introductory course in philosophy, delivered to students of the Sorbonne in 1964. The interest of this text is both historical (appearing at an important juncture in French thought) and meta-philosophical (answering the question "why philosophize?" in such a way that a philosophy of philosophy - or rather several - is offered for consideration). The text will be of interest to readers of various levels of philosophical sophistication.


Lyotard; philosophy; meta-philosophy; history of French philosophy

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