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Lyotard, Jean Francois

Born: 1924 AD
Died: 1998 AD
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.