n Mousaion - Why the market model is unfit for the university library : notes in brief

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



With his publication in the mid-seventies of The Postmodern Condition, Jean-François Lyotard came to the merry conclusion that we had reached the end of the era of so-called grand narratives, all-encompassing world-views that were supposed to explain everything from history to God. His conclusion was merry indeed, for it signalled a greater seriousness from within philosophy itself with regards to its own unhappy contribution to the practice of grand narratives, Hegelian dialectics and historical materialism being but two of the guilty parties. Lyotard's book and the rest of his œvre, as well as the work of many other philosophers of his generation, opened the floodgates of a re-thinking of the history of philosophy and of knowledge itself as we had not seen in recent times. But the honeymoon was short-lived. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, that unavoidable marker of so many recent turning points occurring exactly two hundred years after another such a marker, the French Revolution of 1789, we have witnessed the unbridled ascent of the neo-liberal paradigm on a global scale.

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