1. Introduction: Rethinking the Political.
2. Lyotard's Materialism.
3. States of Society: The Postmodern Condition.
4. States of Society: The Libidinal Economy.
7. Hegel, Levinas and Capital.
8. Critical Debates.
'I would recommend this book to anyone in search of a concise, intelligent and well-researched introduction to Lyotard. Williams writes as an advocate but also with a welcome independence of mind and a knowledge of wider philosophical debates - both 'analytic' and 'continental' that enables him to offer some pointed criticism along the way. His book stands out from the mounting pile of post-modernism primers by its avoidance of the usual hand-me-down formulas and its keenness of insight when dealing with issues central to Lyotard's extensive body of work on philosophy, art, and politics.' Christopher Norris, University of Wales Cardiff
* Critical analysis of the work of one of the most influential philosophers in recent decades.
* Gives particular attention to Lyotard's writings on postmodernism, which have been particularly influential.
* Establishes the importance of Lyotard's contribution to the fields of both philosophy and literary theory; includes an examination of his work on ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy, as well as his thoughts on the debate about postmodernism and the decline of Marxism.