Inadvertent naturalistic calligraphic tendencies of literati colour-field non-figuration whose outcomes exemplify not the expression of the individual or its cult but serve the collective documentation, curation and advancement of ascetic-arts knowledge.

Lyotard, Tagore & the Philosophical Space

Not where or wherein any thing would be founded but what philosophical space might it occupy.

Some notes towards this end

1. There are numerous voices in the postmodern literature.

2. Lyotard, Deluze and Guattari would constitute a significant sample.

3. Key to an orientation of this movement, however, understands that the term postmodern is not to be mistaken for a period of time suffixed at the end of what is known as modern.

4. Lyotard defines the modern in terms of "grand narratives."

5. For Lyotard, modern refers to "any science that legitimates itself with reference to a metadiscourse...making an explicit appeal to some grand narrative" (1993: xxiii).

6. In pithy contrast, he marks the postmodern by its "incredulity toward metanarratives" (xxiv).

7. Postmodern discourse is largely mounted on a normative platform that valorises what Lyotard calls "little narratives."

8. Lyotard's little narratives are described in Tagore as "discursive structures that are not legitimated by meta-figurations of normative codes, but are consolidated by interior rules...[and which valorise] dissensus over consensus, heterogeneity over homogeneity, and the incommensurable over universal legitimation" ("Nature of Indian Modernity," n.d.: 5).

9. Deleuze and Guattari inhabit the same philosophical space as Lyotard in their characterization of modernity as, again,
not a period situated in time, but a metaphoric tree that is both founded and rooted in a unifying hierarchical matrix.

10. Platonic Forms, Hegelian Spirit, Husserlian phnomenology, Marxian politics, the puranic reading of the entire bauddhamata—all of these serve up seamless, uniform, all encompassing legitimating narratives with the aim of winning their audiences over to a privileged fruit and protective metaphysic.

11. However Lyotard deploys a more striking imagery: not only do modernity's unities smuggle in reality upon the fabrications of its transcendental pipedream, they furthermore initiate a culture of terror, expressed in the dictum "adapt your aspirations to our ends—or else" (63-64).

12. In the same sinew, Lyotard declares that modernity whoops it up in the politics of extermination.

13. Now, to evolve the metaphoric scope of our discussion beyond the two-dimensional stratifications of a geological wall graph, let us try to swing our acculturated view by equipping our shelves with the tropes and the palates of cloudist translucency.

14. I thereby suggest reviewing S. Tagore's "
Modes of Inquiry: Philosophy," as a hermeneutic disclosure of the philosophic space.

15. In other words, not where or
wherein any thing would be founded, but what philosophical space might it occupy?


, J.F. 1993. The Postmodern Condition, Minneapolis.

, Saranindranath. n.d. "Modes of Inquiry: Philosophy"

_______. n.d. "The Nature of Indian Modernity: Toward a Comparative Cultural History," National University of Singapore library.

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