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Otherwise than Hospitality: A Disputation on the Relation of Ethics to Law and Politics

Leung, G and Stone, M (2009) 'Otherwise than Hospitality: A Disputation on the Relation of Ethics to Law and Politics.' Law and Critique, 20 (2). pp. 193-206. ISSN 0957-8536


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At a time of unprecedented migration and social displacement, following a century ravaged by war and hegemonic shift, the question of hospitality presents itself with unparalleled urgency. Taking his cue from Immanuel Kant?s cosmopolitics, Jacques Derrida addressed this question by deliberating on the nature of the political obligation to the other person. Invoking the work of Emmanuel Levinas, this demand is first of all ethical, and unconditional. But Derrida was also acutely aware of the residual violence of the hospitable gesture, which always takes place in a scene of power. The resultant aporias at the heart of hospitality provoked debate between the two authors at the 2007 Critical Legal Conference, and this paper seeks to elucidate and elaborate on this encounter. At stake are the matters of the potential political forms of hospitality, whether it should always been striven for and, ultimately, how one can conceptually reconcile its ethics with its violence.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2012 14:14
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:34

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