Introduction to the question of hospitality: ethics and politics

Judith Still

in Derrida and Hospitality Theory and Practice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640270
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671786 | DOI:
Introduction to the question of hospitality: ethics and politics

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This introductory chapter first sets out the focus on the book, philosopher Jacques Derrida, and beyond and through him, to another philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas. The book also draws attention to a textual or linguistic dimension of hospitality, a question of reading and writing, speaking and listening, calling by name and sometimes remaining silent. The chapter then discusses the following: some definitions of hospitality; the ethics and politics of hospitality; the structure of hospitality; reciprocity and non-reciprocity; cultural difference; sexual difference; and the figure of l'hôte in contemporary French politics. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: hospitality; Jacques Derrida; Emmanuel Levinas; reciprocity; non-reciprocity

Chapter.  21756 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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