Discourse, Figure

ISBN-10: 0816645655

ISBN-13: 9780816645657

Edition: 2011

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Description: Jean-Francois Lyotard is recognized as one of the most significant French philosophers of the twentieth century. Although nearly all of his major writing has been translated into English, one important work has until now been unavailable.Discourse, Figureis Lyotard's thesis. Provoked in part by Lacan's influential seminars in Paris,Discourse, Figuredistinguishes between the meaningfulness of linguistic signs and the meaningfulness of plastic arts such as painting and sculpture. Lyotard argues that because rational thought is discursive and works of art are inherently opaque signs, certain aspects of artistic meaning such as symbols and the pictorial richness of painting will always be beyond reason's grasp.A wide-ranging and highly unusual work,Discourse, Figureproceeds from an attentive consideration of the phenomenology of experience to an ambitious meditation on the psychoanalytic account of the subject of experience, structured by the confrontation between phenomenology and psychoanalysis as contending frames within which to think the materialism of consciousness. In addition to prefiguring many of Lyotard's later concerns,Discourse, Figurecaptures Lyotard's passionate engagement with topics beyond phenomenology and psychoanalysis to structuralism, semiotics, poetry, art, and the philosophy of language.

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 8/11/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Introduction: The Gold-Bug
Discourse, Figure
The Bias of the Figural
Signification and Designation
Dialectics, Index, Form
Recessus and Hyper-Reflection
Linguistic Sign?
Effect of Thickness in the System
Thickness on the Margins of Discourse
The No and the Position of the Object
Opposition and Difference
Veduta on a Fragment of the "History" of Desire
The other space
The Line and the Letter
"The Dream-Work Does Not Think"
Desire's Complicity with the Figural
Desire in Discourse
Fiscourse Digure: The Utopia behind the Scenes of the Phantasy
Return, Auto-Illustration, Double Reversal
Appendix: Jean-Francois Lyotards French Translation of "Die Verneinung" by Sigmund Freud
Notes to Chapters
Notes on Figures And Plates
Bibliography
Index of Names
Index of Concepts and German Expressions
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