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Representation and Subjectivity

John Martis

in Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225347
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235490 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225347.003.0001

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Representation and Subjectivity

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As bequeathed to modern philosophy, the problem of the relationship between representation and subjectivity begins with Immanuel Kant and with the problem, highlighted by Kant, of the presentation of the subject—“subject”, here, in the sense of both “self” and “object of experience”. For Western philosophy in Kant's wake, presentation of a subject—as such, and to sense perception—is an elusive grail. Representation becomes the way in which any encounter with reality is to be described, since everything always already presents itself as something else. Presentation, it might be said, itself bears the character of representation, and in so doing bids both to depict and to distort the “presented”. This is how the question about “presentation and subjectivity” becomes a question about representation and subjectivity.

Keywords: modern philosophy; representation; subjectivity; Immanuel Kant; subject; Western philosophy; presentation

Chapter.  7312 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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