In a paper titled Would You Condemn Me That You May be Justified? Why yes, Deane, I certainly would! But that’s not what the paper is about.
In this essay, Galbraith examines Jean-Francois Lyotard’s concept of the differend and its potential to provide new insights into the curiously unsatisfying nature of the book of Job. For Lyotard, a differend occurs in a situation where a victim, seeking justice for a wrong, is ‘divested of the means to argue’ with their accuser due to a lack of a single idiom which both parties can agree upon as a standard of justice. When we read the story of Job in the light of the differend, we uncover, in addition to the more visible injustice of God’s physically excessive and arbitrary mistreatment of Job, a radical or absolute injustice operating at the heart of the narrative.
Come on, can you trust a Frenchman speaking about leotards? Anyway, my snark aside, take a look. Deane’s a relatively clever chap (for a Kiwi). 😉