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French Philosopher Lyotard Dies

April 25, 1998

PARIS (AP) _ Jean-Francois Lyotard, one of France’s leading post-modern philosophers whose work was influenced by the 1968 student-worker riots in Paris, has died. He was 73.

Lyotard, who wrote about 30 books, was a renowned critic. He also taught at the Sorbonne in Paris, and, in recent years, at Atlanta’s Emory University in the United States. He died early Wednesday of leukemia, according to the French daily Le Monde.

Alongside Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida, Lyotard was one of the most respected figures in French philosophy in the second half of the 20th century.

His work often featured the struggle _ embodied in the 1968 riots _ of the individual against the establishment.

``He belonged to that beautiful generation of French philosophers for whom the works of Freud, Marx and Nietzsche would play an essential role after the events of 1968,″ French daily Le Monde wrote after his death.

Lyotard’s works included ``The Post-Modern Condition,″ ``The Differend,″ ``Heidegger and the Jews,″ ``Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime″ and ``Discours, Figure.″

He was born in Versailles and almost became a Dominican monk before beginning a career as a teacher at the Sorbonne.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores Dziczeck-Lyotard; a son, David; daughters Corinne Enaudeau and Laurence Kahn; a sister, Josette de la Thebaudiere, and three grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were known immediately known.

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