File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0107, message 45

Subject: Local determinism?
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 09:56:36 +0800


Something that has always bugged me in TPC:ARoK is found in his section:

"Thus the society of the future falls less within the province of a
Newtonian anthropology (such as structuralism or systems theory) than a
pragmatics of language particles. There are many different language games -
a heterogeneity of elements. They only give rise to institutions in
patches - local determinism."

What do you guys think Lyotard means by 'local determinism'?
What would be really cool is if anyone could point me in the direction of
relevant texts to read.

I have my own ideas, particularly relating to the extralinguistical
construction of everyday life...
The 'institutions in patches' I grasp, but the word 'determinism' has
connotations that are just plain scary.



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