To give the differend its due : damages/distress

Wortham, Simon (2022) To give the differend its due : damages/distress. Philosophy Today, 66(2), pp. 307-326. ISSN (print) 0031-8256


For Lyotard, "Auschwitz" is named only as the terrible sign of a differend. However, this paper argues that the dissymmetrical address alluded to in a 1993 lecture given by Lyotard for Amnesty, "The Other’s Rights," makes possible an alternative legacy found in the very formation of civil politics which might itself "rephrase" this differend otherwise, transforming what may be termed "distress" into "rights" without recourse to the type of (post-war) contractuality that would risk both repressing and compounding a "wrong" by seeking to litigate it.

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