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Lyotard, Jean Francois

Born: 1924 AD
Died: 1998 AD, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Critics, Educators


1924 - Born in Vincennes, France, on August 10th. French deconstructionist and postmodernist critic and semiotician.

1948 - Lyotard became a husband and father at a young age, marrying Andrée May and subsequently having two children, Corinne and Laurence.

1950 - Jean-François Lyotard became agrégé in philosophy.

         - Lyotard passed the agrégation (the examination required in order to teach in France) and took up a position teaching philosophy at a boy's lycée (school) in Constantine in French-occupied East Algeria.

1952-1959 - Taught at a school for the sons of military personnel at La Flèche.

         - Lyotard joined the socialist revolutionary organisation Socialisme ou Barbarie (Socialism or Barbarism).

         - Lyotard's first book, is a short introduction to and examination of phenomenology.

1966 - Became a member of the splinter group Pouvoir Ouvrier (Worker's Power), but resigned.

1968-1970 - Lyotard was chargé de recherches at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

1971 - Received his Docteur ès lettres.

1972 - He was made maître de conferences.

1979 - The publication of The Postmodern Condition brought Lyotard worldwide fame.

1988 - He wrote "Discours, figure", "The Postmodern Condition" and "Peregrinations".

1993 - Lyotard married his second wife Dolorès Djidzek and had a son, David.

1998 - Lyotard died of leukaemia in Paris on April 21st.


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