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Taking the attitude of the other in communication networks: Mead and Lyotard on the social

Although a growing chorus of theorists argue that the concept of the “postmodern” has outlived its usefulness, Jean-François Lyotard The Postmodern Condition remains among the best texts for understanding contemporary society. This paper seeks to demonstrate by intertwining his writings with that of George Herbert Mead, because Mead allows for an improved account of embodied sociality. I begin by exploring the relevance of Lyotard’s postmodern social bond. After using each philosopher to critique the limits of the other, I turn to showing how Meadian individuals operate through taking the attitude of the other in the communication networks Lyotard described.

Andrew Garnar
Department of Philosophy Clemson University
United States

 

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