Heidegger without Man?: The Ontological Basis of Lyotard’s Later Antihumanism

Matthew R. McLennan


The author argues thatJean-François Lyotard’s later antihumanism may be plausibly read as aradicalization of Heidegger’s, on the grounds that a) the philosophy of Beingas Event or Ereignis forms theontological basis of Lyotard’s antihumanism, and b) Lyotard reconfigures theplace of the human being vis-à-vis the revelation of Being – specifically,denying that humankind is the clearing in which Being reveals itself, andtherefore a privileged zone of dispensation. Rather, Being as Ereignis – linguistically cashed out forLyotard, as phrases – structures the human being completely, denying humanmastery of language and thereby decentring human beings as subjects of ethics.


Lyotard; Heidegger; Humanism; Antihumanism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jffp.2013.607

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