The birth of postmodern philosophy from the spirit of modern art

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The attempt is made to correct well-loved misunderstandings by demonstrating precisely what would, according to the common schema, have to be impossible: a congruence of postmodern thinking with specific achievements of modernity. First, Dubuffet is accentuated as a postmodern artist "avant la lettre". Then it is shown that all of the central points in Lyotard's thought can be conceived of as translations of characteristics of modern art into philosophical options. Discussing Foucault and Derrida, it becomes clear that postmodern philosophy articulates discursively what modern art has already practiced.

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  • Wolfgang Welsch

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