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By Jean-François Lyotard, Iain Hamilton Grant

Lyotard is taken into account probably the most magnificent and influential of French post-structuralist thinkers. released in 1974 by way of Minuit, Économie libidinale is, of all his paintings so far, the main inventive in its mode of writing and in its theorizing: a gorgeous, dense, amazing piece within which Lyotard, starting from Marxist and Freudian idea to modern arts, argues that political economic system is charged with passions and, reciprocally, that passions are infused with the political.

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To bring connection into disrepute and almost to disconnect it: the next, what a joke of a word! The other is put into the atmosphere of an affective distance, then hrought much nearer again by a particular and paradoxical effort, named caritas* because it is expensive (one gives without return, one gives distances from a distance, it is the Zero who perceives them and fructifies them). singularities. As a result of this disconnection, Caritas has more an answer to everything. And that is why everything which became the ancient god finds itself devalued, divided into its appearance, Virgincnsis, Priapus, fool, and into its essence, the new god, the central Zero, the stage-director [metteur en scene] .

R o g e r McKeon, i n Jean­ Driftworks (New York: Semiotext(e) , 1 984; hereafter Driftworks) , fro m ' S ur la theorie' and ' Derives' in Derive a partir de Marx et Freud (Pari s : U G E , 1 973 hereafter cited a s DPMF) . Francois Lyotard, cited as 24 Karl Marx, ' C ontribution to the Critique of Hegel' s Philosophy of Right: Introduction' , i n The Portable Karl Marx, ed. Eugene Kamenka (Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1 983) , p p . 1 1 6, 1 1 7 . 25 T h e acephal u s , the headless monster invented by Masson and celebrated by B ataille, turns up in the first section of Libidinal Economy .

H. 1 993) and 'The Precession of Simulacra ' , tr. Paul Foss and Paul Patton, in Simulatioll5 (New York: Semiotext(e) , 1 983) . 19 DP, p p . 7-49. Tr. James Leigh as 'Energumen Capitalis m ' , Semiotext(e) 2 (3) , ( 1 977) , p p . 1 1-26 . 20 'La Peinture du secret a l 'cre postmodern e : Baruchello ' , TralJerses 30-- 1 , (March 1 984) , p . 96 . 21 In Beyond the Pleasure Princip le, however, Freud 'speculate s ' on the libido' s involvement in pre-differentiated matter, producin g the cele­ brated Eros-Thanatos couple, or the life drives and death drives to account for the development o f life forms : libido theory becomes a transcendental account of the ' deduction of interiority' , to paraphrase Lyotard, fro m undifferentiated libidinal pulsation s , the c o m p lexiflca­ tion of life and death drives determining the develop ment of the organism fro m its most primitive state (the single-celled am o eba) to its 'most develop e d ' (human society) .

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