n Mousaion - The new knowledge dispensation

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



Despite the formidable, consequential and by now classical, study of Jean-Francois Lyotard, published in 1979 in French, on the condition of knowledge in the most highly developed societies, the theme has as yet by no means been exhausted. His focus was not simply on knowledge but also on many specific knowledge-related matters like technique, technology, technocracy, information, narrative, control of knowledge and information, societal settings, to name a few core themes. However, the relevance of this study is not limited to the most highly developed societies - with implications for developing or underdeveloped societies - but also has universal implications in the era of globalisation. Knowledge is such a vast and dynamic issue that it remains to be explored on a continuous basis and should remain on the agenda of all peoples of the world. However, it deserves a dominant place on the agenda of developing countries.

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