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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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In these two aspects, thinking defies its own finitude, as if fascinated by its own excessiveness. London, 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 multiplicity terms he uses synonymously to oppose the idea of universality.

Lyotard articulates the connection between the avant-gardes in the arts and the sublime in “Answering the Question: Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime: Curtis, Neal, Against Autonomy: Lyotard does not believe that there is any easy answer. Practically, this also means working thw existing political institutions, but “passively,” so as to release as much desire dissimulated within those institutions as possible, without constraining desires through planned outcomes.

It may be the case that the only evidence for the claim to land rights that the Aborigines lyotarr will not be admissible as evidence in the court of government law though it is perfectly acceptable in tribal law.

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.

In scientific knowledge, however, the question of legitimation always arises. 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. That is, one genre claims the exclusive right to impose rules of concatenation from the initial phrase.


That is, they tend to claim sole right to the exploitation or interpretation of intensities. The end result of Lyotard’s work on Algeria and the disappointment at the failure of socialist revolution to take place led him to an abandonment of revolutionary socialism and traditional Marxism on the grounds that social reality is too complex to describe accurately with any master-discourse.

It is perhaps misleading of Lyotard to say that paganism is judgement without criteria; for it is judgement only without universal criteria.

He proposes the possibility of IBM having exclusive control of unpresentaable and satellites. Lyotard develops some reflections on science and technology within the lyotarf of his postmodern philosophy [see The Postmodern Condition]. The conclusion Lyotard comes to is that the occupation must end if the Algerian people are to prosper, but he remains ambivalent about the possibility of revolution. This means giving up the idea of a single, law-like theoretical schema which could be applied to any situation in which judgment is required.

Every event is to be understood as a phrase in the philosophy of the differend. The discursive structure of language, therefore, needs reference at some points to sensual experience. Lyotard’s strident call for the realization of sublime feeling in the avant-garde is ultimately a preventative against a return, which he deems fatal, to old Enlightenment metanarratives.

The Differend Lyotard develops the philosophy of language that underlies his work on paganism and postmodernism most fully in The Differend: How, in short, can he judge properly ‘before’ knowing what judging properly is, and in order to know what it might be?

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

Furthermore, the process of painting exemplifies the ambiguously passive yet active way in which Lyotard sees the release of libidinal energies as most effective. If prwsenting have found this material useful, please give credit to.

Reason and Representation Lyotard’s philosophy frequently calls into question the powers of reason, rejecting many of the claims that have been made about it in the history of philosophy.


Thus Lyotard speaks of Kant’s Analytic of the Sublime in general as “finding its ‘legitimacy’ in a principle that is expounded by critical thought and that motivates it: Modern art, however, presents the fact that there is an unpresentable, while postmodern art attempts to present the unpresentable. The nature of art, in other words, becomes problematic. Joseph Mallord William Turner.


He presents us with two alternative views of society that have been popular in this century: However, Paul Crowther notes that “this, interestingly, is not a wholly arbitrary usage, in so far as the term ‘avant-garde’ seems to have been first used, in relation to the arts, in the ‘s.

In opposition, two terms are rigidly opposed and quite distinct; in difference, the two terms are mutually implicated, yet ultimately irreconcilable. These intensities and affects are, in more common terminology, feelings and desires. His writings in this period are solely concerned with ultra-left revolutionary politics, with a sharp focus presentting the Algerian situation the war of independence had broken out in He proceeds to deconstruct this opposition, however, and attempts to show that discourse and figure are mutually implicated.

Jean-François Lyotard and the Sublime, Part Two

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. Lyotard needs a methodological representation to apply to society in order to examine the status of knowledge in postmodern societies. Representation is nihilistic because it can never close the divide between representation and reality, effectively cutting off representational thought from access to reality.