The differend is the unstable state and instant of language wherein something which must be able to beput into phrases cannot yet be. This state includes silence, which is the negative phrase, but it also calls upon phrases which are in principle possible. This state is signaled by what one ordinarily calls a feeling: “One cannot find the words”, etc. A lot of searching must bedone tofind new rulesfor forming and linking phrases that are able to express the differend disclosed by a feeling, unless one wants this differend to be smothered right away in a litigation and for the alarm sounded by thefeeling to have been useless. What is at stake in a literature, in a philosophy, in a politics perhaps, is to bear witness to differends by finding idioms for them. Jean-François Lyotard.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory and Medieval Studies|
|State||Published - 1999|