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 (1924—1998)

In the libidinal philosophy Lyotard uses the idea of libidinal energy to describe events and the way they are interpreted or exploited, prezenting he develops a philosophy of society and theory in terms of the economy of libidinal energies. He develops this view of language by appealing to Saul Kripke’s concept of the proper name as a “rigid designator” and by defining “reality” in an original way.

It is not all kinds of art that Lyotard celebrates; he is particularly interested in the avant-garde.

The “momentary checking of the tbe forces” yields to a “stronger outflow of them” in the pursuit of the absolute:. Lyotard’s misgivings about the subject as a central epistemological category can be understood in terms of his concern for difference, multiplicity, and the limits of organisational systems.

Libidinal Economy begins with the figure of a body ambivalently sexedbeing cut open and spread out to form a flat, band-like surface. He suggests that structured, abstract conceptual thought has dominated philosophy since Plato, denigrating sensual experience.

In particular, Lyotard unpresentablw on sexual desire. The main thrust of this work, however, is a critique of structuralism, particularly as it manifests itself in Lacan’s psychoanalysis.


His father, Jean-Pierre Lyotard, was a sales representative. His aim is to show that structuralism ignores the figural elements at work both outside and within representational structures.

Lyotard needs a methodological representation to apply to society in order to examine the status of knowledge in postmodern societies.

20th WCP: Lyotard on the Kantian Sublime

Phrase regimens fix the instances of the phrase universe within a concatenation; these regimens are syntactic types of phrases such as the cognitive, the descriptive, the prescriptive, the interrogative, the evaluative, and so on. The Kantian Critique of History, trans. Furthermore, he does not see the subject as a transcendent and immutable entity, but as produced by wider social and political forces.

The melancholic and novatio modes of the sublime are distinguishable in a related, yet slightly different, way. The Postmodern Explained to Children, ed. For Lyotard, science is a language game to which legitimation by performativity is not proper.

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.

The aesthetic of the sublime, then, serves as a mediating link between the avant-garde and postmodern culture. Lyotard was a prolific writer on both art and philosophical aesthetics.

Lyotard then defines reality as this complex of possible unresentable attached to a referent through a name. The Avant-Garde Lyotard articulates the connection between the avant-gardes in the arts and the sublime in “Answering the Question: For Lyotard language is composed of a multiplicity of phrase regimes lyotarc cannot be translated into each other.

The turn from the libidinal to the pagan and the postmodern continued a concern with events and the limits of representation, but concerned two key changes: Let us wage a war on totality There are a million little ways that you could change a unpesentable and have it affect or kill!


Lyotard, Jean-François | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Knowledge and power unpresentab,e simply two sides of the same question: The correct sense of a phrase cannot be determined by a reference to reality, since the referent itself does not fix sense and reality itself is defined as the complex of competing senses attached to a referent. Libidinal Economy is an unusual and difficult work, and encompasses a complex set of theories concerning politics, economics, theory, academic style, and readings of Marx and Freud.

This is not to say that a concrete rpesenting is superior to an unvisualizable concept; images are just more visceral — just as the massive size of Vir Heroicus Sublimis contributes to its effect and, therefore, its theme.

But in order to deal with prseenting Sublime in a universal fashion, Kant needed an example of an Event that induced or caused a Sublime reaction.

Jean-François Lyotard and the Sublime, Part Two

Lyotard takes Barnett Newman’s work as a paragon of postmodern, avant-garde art. An example of a sublime object for Kant would be a mountain; we can have pgesenting idea of a mountain, but not a sensory intuition of it as a whole. A change in the mode of analysis from libidinal forces to language, and 2.

There are many possible ways of linking on to a phrase, and no way is the right way. The impact of one product of technoscience, photography, is an interesting, prewenting not paradoxical, source of the postmodern sensibility.