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The United States of America is confronting—again—the reality of both systemic racism and police brutality, which is disproportionately directed at people of color.

Along with many other sites, we have turned this site black to point to the importance of black lives, and to express our solidarity with the people of color in this country, who have continually experienced racism in forms both subtle and overt for many centuries.

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Episode 8.04 The Postmodern Condition—Explained

Jean-François Lyotard on postmodernity, science, and kitschy art.

Tagged: art, ethics, reading, technology

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The Postmodern Condition, Jean–François Lyotard

Show Notes

We do our best to explain this dense piece of French aesthetic theory, its arguments with German idealist philosophers, and its very strong feelings about non-avant-garde art.

Errata

Chris, because he was slightly sick, forgot that although we were recording in February, the episode was coming out in March. This threw off everything we said about dates for the rest of the episode. Whoops!

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