This is what Derrida calls the parergon: “Neither work (ergon) nor outside the work (hors d’oeuvre), neither inside nor outside, neither above nor below. Despite its name, the Deconstruction that is associated with Derrida is not an . The parergon is the frame, the boundary between the art work. In this respect, the study follows on from. Derrida’s famous deconstruction of Kant’s parergon (frame) in his Critique of. Judgement. Derrida’s work exposes what.

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Kant introduced the metaphor of framing in an attempt to delimit a proper space of aesthetic representation, but in so doing, Kant perceived a problem, an undecidability in some seemingly marginal details that could not be detached without altering or upsetting the composition. The function of the frame, then, is to separate the interior from the exterior.

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Like an accessory that one is obliged to to welcome, neither wholly outside nor inside. Email required Address never made public.

What is to read this book. Therefore it is not surprising that more and more artists have been turning to the question of context as the main preoccupation of their artistic activities. This question is employed by Derrida at first in a literal sense and then turns into a metaphorical and epistemological inquiry by extension: The frame is another variation of pparergon Structure.

In identifying the rhetorical oppositions that structure the ground of the argument Deconstruction deconstructs philosophy as language, as writing.

They do not interrogate a stable main text or invite further commentary. Parerga are not simply notes; they should be thought of as the extremities of a body, without which the text is truncated. How to treat this book. As such, they will necessarily contain a multiplicity of cultural contexts blending into one another, making it impossible to fit them into stereotypical categories. Over the past century, there seems to have been a growing consensus on the idea that what defines a work of art as art is the context it appears within.

Page number of 2. He pointed out that the pairs, far from being equal or balanced, were, in fact, hierarchized, with one term being preferred culturally over the other. Columbia University Press, But these hasty interpretations take the binary opposition between the West and East as a priori, hindering other more complex possibilities.


The Truth in Painting. If the picture frame itself is accepted as an essentially Western device, the implication might be the domination of Western culture over the East. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Each part constitutes a parergon that concerns a parergon. Parerga are not commentaries. The University of Chicago Press, 9.

A Note on Parerga

In comparison to the wall, the frame is part of the painting, while in comparison to the painting the frame is part of the wall. Deconstruction pareron not appeal to a higher logical principle or superior reason, something which Derrida considered to be metaphysical. What could it mean, then, to oarergon the frame in a cross-cultural context of religion? Both texts make clear that parerga denote a supplemental and instructional gesture that accompanies a main text or narrative but does so in a resolutely critical manner.

In Kant’s Critique of Practical Reason and later in parerogn very long note in his second edition of Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alonethe parergon is developed as adornment, embellishment, ornamentation Zierathen of the main ergonthe work.

The space it occupies is not supplemental or organic to its nature. Contemporary art discourses tend to accept that the status of a work of art as art is a pregiven condition, and analyze derrkda the work functions retrospectively. This logical march which deconstructs. Half a century later, inArthur Schopenhauer published his Parerga and Parelipomenaa parefgon that, Schopenhauer explained, was subsidiary to his other, more systematic works, could not find a place in those other works, and dealt primarily with philosophical issues that positioned the subject with regard to the legal system, death, and existence.

Since these frames are not derdida, the viewer is able to view their cross sections and recognize that they are extrusions of architectural silhouettes, such as the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. One might say that cracking nutshells is what decontsructrucion is.

This is where it seems to get problematic for Derrida and for myself. It seems to provide a liminal space that parregon be pinned down as of the work or outside of the work, so it must have a logic of its own. If you have found this material useful, please give credit to Dr.


Jacques Derrida and Deconstruction

Thus, the parergon participates in the act of reflective thought, in the act of reflective faith, through the seemingly endless segmentation of derriva commentary on religion by Kant. The physicality of the frames begins to function as a metaphorical allusion to religion and architecture.

The very meaning and mission of deconstruction is to show that things—texts, institutions, traditions, societies, beliefs, and practices dfrrida whatever size and sort paerrgon need—do not have definable meanings and determinable missions, that they are always more than any mission would impose, that they are always more than any mission could impose, that they exceed the boundaries they currently occupy.

Therefore for Kant, the parergon is a hybrid of inside and outside, frame, clothing, column, and there is no deciding what is intrinsic to artwork and what belongs to the outside frame.

Such analyses do not attempt to provide prescriptive frameworks, but rather try to understand the specific ideas and relations represented and produced through the work.

Husserl posited an absolute ideal of objectivity, geometry, in order to differentiate between subjective and objective structures. Geoffrey Bennington, and Ian McLeod. Derridda view of aesthetics allows one to view these objects such as the garments on a statue per say as a detachable accessory as it is not organically belonging to the body.

They are notations to the text that make the text show its complexities, as they bring into the main narrative the realities of multiple positions, make interventions that dertida that there is no stability in this history, that the story itself constantly shifts ground, that any attempt to produce a cohesive narration, an Ur-text of the history of the Left derrida Greece, will always draw voices from the margins that will demand to be heard and will demand that the nuances they offer be taken into account.

But what is the frame itself? Making this non-area never really attainable.