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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Lyotard suggests science could go either way. Paganism is godless unpresentabble it is the abandonment of universal judgement for specific, plural judgements. Unpresentability is an abstract 3 concept, and art that addresses it tends to be abstract. The aesthetic of the sublime, then, serves as a mediating link between the avant-garde and postmodern culture.

Jean-François Lyotard (1924—1998)

Rather than opposing the libidinal to the rational, then, Lyotard develops his theory of dissimulationthe mutual enfoldment of the libidinal and the rational which is similar to the deconstructive logic of difference worked out in Discours, figure.

Every phrase presents a universe, composed of the following four elements or, as Lyotard calls them, instances: Lyotard was a prolific writer on both art and philosophical aesthetics. The discussion unpresenatble signs recalls Lyotard’s analysis of the nihilism of semiotics in Libidinal Economywhere he refers to Augustine, and what is perhaps the main theme of this work – Augustine’s writing as a study in the phenomenology of time — is referred to in the earlier paper “The Sublime and the Avant-Garde.

Lyotard’s interpretation of capitalism in the libidinal economy sees two possibilities inherent in capitalism, each entwined and inextricable. What these writers share is a concern with the decline of belief in objective values the “death of God” and the strangeness and nausea of the human body.

Rather, the postmodern condition is composed of fragmented language games attached to incommensurable forms of life. Lyotard introduces a distinction between opposition and difference to account for the differing ways in which the discursive and the figural function.


On the one hand, any representation will miss something of the event, and on the other, non-rational forces such as feelings and desires will arise to disrupt rational schemas of thought. But for the sake of justice, we must try. Postmodern art has a political importance for Lyotard, since it can call unprwsentable to differends through the feeling of the sublime, showing hnpresentable that a wrong has been done. Lyotard presents us, rather, with a metaphysical system in which intensities and structures are both essential elements of the libidinal economy.

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]. In the early s Lyotard developed a philosophy based around Sigmund Freud’s theory of the libido. Lyotard, along with Souyris, became a member of the splinter group Pouvoir Ouvrier Worker’s Powerbut resigned in Justice demands a witnessing and a remembering of the fact that there is a differend.

This power of disturbance is related to the feeling of the sublime, and it is an indication of the differend.

That is, for Lyotard the meaning of a phrase as event something happens cannot be fixed by appealing to reality what actually happened. Lyotard also portrays it as the means by which art may find its true destiny in a way similar to how thought finds its destiny in criticism. For Saussure, language is a “flat” system of opposing terms that gain meaning from each other, rather than from referents outside the system.

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Lyotard presents a postmodern methodological representation of society as composed of multifarious and fragmented language games, but games which strictly but not rigidly – the rules of a game can change control the moves which can be made within them by reference to narratives of legitimation which are deemed appropriate by their respective institutions. Postmodern science searches for instabilities in systems, undermining predictability.

Lyotard’s answer is – performativity. As the bar slows, sometimes it invests this region, sometimes that. The later is the wronged party in a litigation; the former, the wronged party in a differend. In examining the status of knowledge in postmodernity, Lyotard is examining the political as well as epistemological aspects of knowledge legitimationand he sees the basic social bond – the minimum relation required for society to exist – as moves within language games.


Reference and Research Services, Lyotard’s concept of postmodernism in the arts relates more to what is usually called modernism in the arts. The impact of one product of technoscience, photography, is an interesting, if not paradoxical, source of the postmodern sensibility. Phrases in Dispute, trans. Andreas Michel and Mark S.

This unprewentable directs how phrases are linked on from one to another. In Constantine Lyotard read Marx and became acquainted with the Algerian political situation, which he believed was ripe for socialist revolution.

Systems exploit libidinal intensities by channeling them into stable structures. Who will determine which channels or data are forbidden? In Lyotard’s postmodern philosophy, then, reason and representation are set limits by the incommensurability of language games; it is not possible for reason to understand everything through a representational system.

Fifthly, to be of a delicate frame, without any remarkable appearance of strength. In the second part the focus shifts from Husserl to the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Just as pagan religions believe in a number of different gods rather than just one God, Lyotard’s pagan philosophy represents a concern for pluralism and tbe terms he uses synonymously to oppose the idea of universality.

Different types of utterances, as identified by Wittgenstein, pertain to different types of language games. Growth and Luminescence of V.