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

He suggests that structured, abstract conceptual thought has dominated philosophy since Plato, denigrating sensual experience. Legitimation of knowledge by performativity terrorises the production of ideas. It is not all kinds of art that Lyotard celebrates; he is particularly interested in the avant-garde.

Toward the Postmodern, ed. Lyotard points a suspicious finger at multinational corporations. The sense the possible meanings of the phrase The referent the thing to which the phrase refers The addressor that from which the phrase comes The addressee that to which the phrase is sent In the initial presentation of the phrase, the instances of the universe are equivocal.

According to Lyotard, in the computer age the question of knowledge is now more than ever a question of government. 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.

There are many theories of postmodernism in the arts, literature, architecture, and other areas of cultural practise. Space can be broken into ordered elements related to each other in a structured and organised way, such as by mapping it with a three dimensional grid.


Much of nupresentable exposition and discussion is positive, and Lyotard argues that phenomenology can make valuable contributions to the social sciences, where it should serve two functions: Libidinal Economy contains a reading of Marx’s texts as works of art, an emphasis which oresenting to release the libidinal aspects of Marx, the desire for revolution.

In modernity the narrative of science was legitimated by one of a number of metanarratives, the two principal ones being respectively Hegelian and Marxist in nature. 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.

All structures contain libidinal energy as an under-exploited potentiality, waiting to be released and to flow into new structures. 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 This region is material like the body, but it is not yet organizedthus the figure of dismemberment.

But of course, any such eyewitnesses are dead and are not able to testify. In this essay I explicate J. Lyotard’s reading of the Kantian sublime. In one sense this survival is the humanist dream presehting survival is essential for the central importance of the human race in the universebut in another sense it might constitute the end unppresentable the human, since the changes required to survive in space would be so radical as to erase anything we currently recognise as human. We feel pain at the frustration of our faculties to fully grasp the sublime object, but a pleasure as well in the attempt to do so.


There is a differend in this case because Aboriginal land rights are established by tribal law, and evidence for such unpresentaboe may not be presentable in the law of the Australian government. In turn invention is felt by thought as incredibly joyful, as homecoming. Every event is to be understood as a phrase in the philosophy of the differend.

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The discursive structure of language, therefore, needs reference at some points to sensual experience. Andreas Michel and Mark S. Hence, we have a case of a wrong which cannot be presented as a wrong; a differend.

For Lyotard, this fact has a deep political import, since politics claims to be based on accurate representations of reality. Growth and Luminescence of V. Signed, Malraux is an unconventional autobiography. University of Minnesota Press, Therein lies its legitimation.

We cannot encompass it by thinking, and so it remains indiscernable or unnameable, undecidable, indeterminate and unpresentable. The situation is this: This is emblematic of what Postmodern culture has both lost and found.