Gilles Lipovetsky

Gilles Lipovetsky is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Grenoble (France). He is best known for his contribution to the development of so-called “postmodern” thought and for his work on the concepts of hypermodernity and hyperindividuality.

In his latest essays, Lipovetsky questions the concept of postmodernity: it is too ambiguous and therefore inadequate. Today’s reality of liberal societies is, in fact, a hypermodernity, a “superlative modernity” and unbridled modernity. All the old obstacles to modernisation have fallen and there is no longer any credible and legitimate alternative system to the supposedly free market and democratic modernity: we have reached the moment of complete, unrestricted, deregulated and globalised modernity. 

For Lipovetsky, the society of hyper-consumption is a society of “paradoxical happiness” because, although most people declare themselves to be quite happy, there have never been so many depressions, so many feelings of misery, so many worries, so many anxieties. The society of hyper-consumption multiplies private enjoyment, but is incapable of promoting joie de vivre.


From 6 to 8 April 2022
(Click here to download the pdf programme)

(Université de Grenoble)

  1. L’individualisme à l’âge de l’hypermodernité
  2. La société de séduction
  3. Consumérisme et bonheur

Sessions in French at the Sala de Graus of the Faculty of Letters of the UdG (16.30-18.30h).

Lessons organised in collaboration with Vilapensa, Festival del pensament del Penedès.


Here you can watch the videos of the lectures given by Gilles Lipovetsky at the Girona University (available until November 23, 2011).

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