Hope and Resistance in Lyotard’s Concept of Infancy

Oded Zipory*

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In this article I wish to defend hope by arguing that it is a child-like predisposition and that its strength and uniqueness stem exactly from its naïve, infantilizing character. To discuss the concepts of hope and of childhood and the relationship between them, I read in Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest book – Klara and the Sun (2021), using Lyotard’s concepts of the inhuman, development, and infancy (1991, 1998). I argue for an alternative approach to childhood, in which it is not viewed merely as a basic developmental phase or as a lack in maturity but as an irreducible and potent element in human life, further showing that when understood as an event, childhood can be a strong basis for hope, and as such should be recognized by educators.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)247-259
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in Philosophy and Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2023

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  • Development
  • Hope
  • Infancy
  • Lyotard


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