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Derrida and Hospitality Theory and Practice$
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Judith Still

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640270

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640270.001.0001

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Introduction to the question of hospitality: ethics and politics

Introduction to the question of hospitality: ethics and politics

(p.1) 1 Introduction to the question of hospitality: ethics and politics
Derrida and Hospitality Theory and Practice

Judith Still

Edinburgh University Press

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

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