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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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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 8/11/2011
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
|Introduction: The Gold-Bug|
|The Bias of the Figural|
|Signification and Designation|
|Dialectics, Index, Form|
|Recessus and Hyper-Reflection|
|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|
|Index of Names|
|Index of Concepts and German Expressions|