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Friendship and sexual difference: hospitality from brotherhood to motherhood and beyond

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640270.003.0003
Friendship and sexual difference: hospitality from brotherhood to motherhood and beyond

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This chapter is devoted to sexual difference and friendship, friendship traditionally being conceived as a relationship between men, just as hospitality has traditionally been conceived as a relationship between men, although supported by women's labour. Analysis of friendship and reciprocity moves us away a little from the focus on the subject-host which can result from a certain reading of Levinas. The final section turns from fraternal friendship to an alternative maternal model of hospitality.

Keywords: sexual difference; friendship; hospitality; fraternal friendship; maternal model

Chapter.  22175 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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