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Of Hospitality (Cultural Memory in the Present) Paperback – September 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0804734066 ISBN-10: 0804734062 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Cultural Memory in the Present
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804734062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804734066
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Of Hospitality provides us with a glimpse of Jacques Derrida as not only the brilliant thinker and writer readers have long admired but as the masterful lecturer and pedagogue his students have long known. . . . Of Hospitality should find a welcome audience not only among faithful readers of Derrida but among all those who are open enough to hear the knock at their borders or their doors."—L'Esprit Créateur

"Both lectures [in the book] deserve credit not only for representing a significant step in Derrida's reflection on ethics and politics but also for prompting us to begin our own deconstructive work and rethink our identity."—Symploke

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathan P. Gilmour on August 17, 2008
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If you're looking for nihilism, denials of metaphysics, or other such silliness, this book has none of them. If you're looking for insightful close-readings of some Platonic dialogues and their ethical implications, this book does that quite well.

Derrida's two essays deal with the foreigner in Plato, and he does quite a nice job of articulating the tensions inherent in hospitality--the home into which the stranger enters is my home, but I have to yield place to the stranger while remaining solidly the proprietor of the home. That tension extends to national identities, theological questions, and all sorts of other fun stuff by the end of the book.

I still have not read the commentary in the facing columns of the book, so read some other reviews if you'd like to know about them.
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More About the Author

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), was born in Algeria, has been called the most famous philosopher of our time. He was the author of a number of books, including Writing and Difference, which came to be seen as defining texts of postmodernist thought.

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