Riley Diesh 10/6/ Presenting the Unpresentable Lyotard proposes modernity continually requires a “shattering of belief” and “discovery of lack of reality” as. subverts this form at a deeper level in the effort to present this unpresentable, Lyotard’s figuring of the postmodern sublime depicts “good form” as a. “salace,” a . Essentially, in both works Lyotard understands the Kantian sublime as legitimating .. of presentation” which attempt, in bad faith, “to present the unpresentable.

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The Subject and the Inhuman Like many other prominent French thinkers of his generation such as Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Gilles DeleuzeLyotard develops critiques of the subject and of humanism. On the Beautiful, he concluded. Lyotard suggests science could go either way.

This libidinal energy is the event, which always contains more possibilities for interpretation and exploitation than any single structure can give it. Phrases in Dispute, trans.

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For Saussure, language is a “flat” system of opposing terms that gain meaning from each other, rather than from referents outside the system.

Lyotard’s interest in Malraux may be explained through the commonalities they share, in particular a problematic relation to the political and an attempted solution to this problem through art. In the libidinal philosophy, the subject is construed as one organisational structure unpresentale dispositif which channels and exploits libidinal energies.

It is always possible to situate the phrase in a different way by concatenating with a different phrase regimen. A differend is a case of conflict between parties that cannot be equitably resolved for lack of a rule of judgement applicable to both.

The Lyotard Reader, ed. Affects are structured lyotare interpreted in systems made up of dispositifslibidinal dispositions or set-ups, and society is composed of multitudes of different dispositions that compete to exploit the energies of libidinal events.

Libidinal Economy contains a reading of Marx’s texts as works of art, an emphasis which seeks to release the libidinal aspects of Marx, the desire for revolution. While he sees the usefulness of phenomenology in many disciplines, however, Lyotard’s conclusions about the usefulness of phenomenology to Marxism are largely negative. The impact of one product of technoscience, photography, is an interesting, if not paradoxical, source of the postmodern sensibility.


A silent phrase in the context of a dispute may be covering four possible states of affairs, corresponding to each of the instances in the phrase universe:.

Reason, for its part, seeks, unreasonably, to violate the interdict it imposes on itself and which is strictly critical, the interdict that prohibits it from finding objects corresponding to its concepts in sensible intuition.

Jean-François Lyotard (1924—1998)

Many tribal groups claim that land which they traditionally inhabited is now owned and controlled by the descendants of European colonists. Secondly, however, according to Lyotard postmodern avant-garde art never entirely loses its ability to disturb. Little needs to be added to those observations to outline an aesthetic of sublime paintings. The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.

He does, however, see a problem with the legitimation of knowledge by performativity. His mother’s maiden name was Madeleine Cavalli. Indeed, Lyotard suggests that there is an incommensurability between the question of legitimation itself and the authority of narrative knowledge. In much the same way that teeth cannot bite themselves, conceptual thought is blind to its own limitations or a prioris: Through the idea of the differend, Lyotard has drawn particular attention to the problems of the presentability of the referent when the parties in dispute cannot agree on a common discourse, or rule of judgement i.

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This characterisation of events as phrases may unpresenntable understood as a theoretical fiction or “a unprezentable of speaking” which allows Lyotard to develop a theory of events through the analysis of language, just as the libidinal philosophy does using libidinal energy.


Lyotard extends the notion of the sublime from that which is absolutely great to all things which confound our abilities to synthesize them into knowledge. Essentially, in both works Lyotard understands the Kantian sublime as legitimating deconstructive postmodernism.

Finally the bar stops and forms a stable disjunction. Lyotard’s reading of the Kantian sublime. He cites the commandment, ‘Thou shalt not make graven images’ Exodusas the most sublime passage in the Bible, in that it forbids all presentation of the absolute.

Genres supply rules for the linking of phrases, but rather than being syntactic rules as phrase regimens are, genres direct how to concatenate through ends, goals, or stakes. A change in the mode of analysis from libidinal forces to language, and 2. Practically, this also means working within existing political institutions, but “passively,” so as to release as much desire dissimulated within those institutions as possible, without constraining desires through planned outcomes.

Keith Crome and James Williams Edinburgh: Toward the Postmodern, ed. He privileges art as the realm which is best able to provide testimony to differends through its sublime effects [see Reason and Representation; Politics; Art and Aesthetics]. He draws an analogy between presetning structures and Friedrich Nietzsche’s characterisation of religion and transcendental philosophy as forms of nihilism.

In scientific knowledge, however, the question of legitimation always arises. The Slave Ship The Sublime makes us see, shows us only through taboos and by prohibition, meaning that for the artist, the issue becomes how to present the unpresentable without presenting it. So how do we judge, without criteria?

The situation is a double bind because there presrnting two alternatives – either there were gas chambers or there were not – which lead to the same conclusion: