Discourse, Figure

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Discourse, Figure
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Author Jean-François Lyotard
Original title Discours, figure
Translator Antony Hudek, Mary Lydon
Country France
Language French
Subject Structuralism
  • 1971 (Klincksieck, in French)
  • 2011 (University of Minnesota Press, in English)
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 512 (University of Minnesota Press edition)
ISBN 978-0816645657

Discourse, Figure (French: Discours, figure) is a 1971 book by the philosopher Jean-François Lyotard. It is considered his first major work.[1]


Lyotard expresses dissatisfaction with structuralism and with theoretical approaches that seek to escape history through appeal to a timeless, universal structure of language divorced from experience.[1]



  1. ^ a b Schrift 1999. p. 523.


  • Schrift, Alan D. (1999). Audi, Robert, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-63722-8.