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.