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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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Jean-François Lyotard and the Sublime, Part Two

Part of Lyotard’s aim is to defend the importance of the figural and sensual experience such as seeing. For both Wittgenstein and Lyotard, language games are incommensurable, and moves in one language game cannot be translated into moves in ubpresentable language game. The pragmatics of scientific knowledge do not allow the recognition of narrative knowledge as legitimate, since it is not restricted to denotative statements.

Gaming and the Question of Morality: Thirdly, every utterance should be thought of as a “move” in a game. In Lyotard’s postmodern period, art is privileged for its sublime effects and the attention it calls to the differend.

We can have an idea of such things, but we cannot match up that idea with a direct sensory intuition since sublime objects surpass our sensory abilities. Lyotard became an intellectual militant, and asserts that for fifteen years he was so dedicated to the cause of socialist revolution presentingg no other aspect of life with the sole exception of love diverted him from this task.

The impact of one product of technoscience, photography, is an interesting, if not paradoxical, source of the postmodern sensibility. Reason and representation are further “critiqued” in the libidinal philosophy of Libidinal Economy and the related essays, although here the very idea of critique itself is called into question, since insofar as it remains theory, it remains within the oppositional logic of representational rationality.

Lyotard interprets these two tendencies of capitalism in terms of unpresentabke theory of dissimulation. Today students no longer ask if ;resenting is true, but what use it is to them. In Lyotard’s postmodern philosophy the sublime is the feeling that indicates the limits of reason and representation. Conclusion We have paid a high enough price for the nostalgia of the whole and the one, for the reconciliation of the concept and the sensible Lyotard’s libidinal politics is not aimed at overthrowing capitalism, then, but of working within it to release the libidinal energies dissimulated within its structures.


This characterisation of events as phrases may be understood as a theoretical fiction or “a way 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.

This is what Lyotard calls legitimation by paralogy. On the other hand, capitalism tends to presejting up libidinal energy into structured and regulated systems, restricting its flow.

The unpresentable, and various forms of abstraction – Charles Center Summer Research Blog

Lyotard cites thermodynamics as the beginning of performativity in terms of determinism, and suggests that quantum mechanics and atomic physics have limited the applicability of this principle. The Postmodern Condition is a study of the status of knowledge in computerized societies. The court of appeal in which claims to land rights are heard functions entirely according to government law, and tribal law is not considered a valid system of judgment.

Lyotard, “Presenting the Unpresentable: Yet this is only a possibility: Lyotard’s description of the transformations of the libidinal band is a theoretical fiction which provides an account of how the world works through the interplay of intense, excited libidinal energies and the stable structures which exploit them and dampen their intensity.

Jean-François Lyotard (1924—1998)

Sampling msmason on August Update msmason on End of the summer. It covers a wide variety of topics, including phenomenology, psychoanalysis, structuralism, poetry and art, Hegelian dialectics, semiotics, and philosophy of language. Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime: Lyotard sees Lacan’s application of Saussurean linguistics to psychoanalysis as particularly worrisome. 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.

The case is a differend because the harm done to the victims cannot be presented in the standard of judgment upheld by Faurisson.


But Phoebus was A name for something that never could be named. As an example, Lyotard suggests that the phrase “To arms!


We should interpret Lyotard as taking this to be a good thing, since such a proliferation more accurately reflects his general ontological view of the world as composed of events which give rise to multiple interpretations, and which can never be accurately captured by a single narrative.

It may be the case that the only evidence for the claim to land rights that the Aborigines have will not be admissible as evidence in the court of government law though it is perfectly acceptable in tribal law. Saussure’s linguistics suggests that our understanding of the world is given as a structure to begin with, while Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology suggests that we first encounter an unstructured world, which we must work to structure.

Alternatively, the victim may be able to speak, but that speech is unable to present the wrong done in the discourse of the rule of judgement.

Since Descartes, the dominant model of rational thought in Western philosophy has been that of the human subject representing the objective world to its self. For Lyotard, this is a question of both knowledge and power. Knowledge and power are simply two sides of the same question: State University of New York Press, Leuven University Press, This source is called darkness. Science and technology are prime candidates for this attempted hegemony, since they contribute to the growth of capital.

We have paid lyoyard high enough price for the nostalgia of the whole and the one, for the reconciliation of the concept and the sensible Lyotard expresses this nihilism in terms of what he calls “the Great zero.

If you have found this material useful, please give credit to. Growth and Luminescence of V. Lyotard sees reality in terms of unpredictable happenings eventsrather than structured regularities. Lyotard does not advocate a simple liberation of desire and does not attempt to set up a place beyond representation which would be immune to the effects of nihilism.