Libidinal Economy  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Libidinal Economy (Template:Lang-fr) is a 1974 book by Jean-François Lyotard that reflects the passion surrounding the events of May 1968 in France, as well as disappointment with the Marxist response to those events. Probably Lyotard's most important early work available in English translation, it is generating increasing interest among critics who have given attention to the work Lyotard produced before becoming interested in postmodernism. It discusses Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and capitalism.

Like Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's Anti-Oedipus, Libidinal Economy has been described as a key text in the micropolitics of desire. The book presents the work of Deleuze, Guattari, and Jean Baudrillard as "'brother' critique", and maintains that its theories are "synchronized and copolarized" with those of Baudrillard, although it reproaches him "for still believing in a 'truth' which is presumably forgotten or repressed by Marxism."

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