The Risk of Hospitality: Selfhood, Otherness, and Ethics in Deconstruction and Phenomenological Hermeneutics

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/250271
Title:
The Risk of Hospitality: Selfhood, Otherness, and Ethics in Deconstruction and Phenomenological Hermeneutics
Authors:
Bonney, Nathan D.
Abstract:
This thesis argues that attitudes of inhospitality operate subtly in our politics, in our religious beliefs and practices, and in our understandings of who we are. Consequently, the question of hospitality - what it is and what it signifies - is an urgent one for us to address. In this thesis I examine and outline the hermeneutics-deconstruction debate over the experience of otherness and what it means to respond to others ethically (or hospitably). In the first two chapters I defend the importance of properly understanding the ethics of both Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida. Against the concerns of Paul Ricoeur and Richard Kearney, I maintain that a Levinasian and Derridean insistence on answering to the call of an unconditional hospitality is the best way forward in our attempt to respond with justice to strangers. Next, by engaging Martin Hagglund's objection to an ethical reading of Derridean unconditionality, I give attention to the theme of negotiation in Derrida's later work, a theme which I take to be the central feature of his account of hospitality. I conclude by proposing five theses concerning hospitality. These theses provide an overview of the main themes discussed in this thesis and once more address the various tensions internal to the concept of hospitality.
Advisors:
Kuipers, Ronald A.
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Publisher:
Institute for Christian Studies
Issue Date:
May-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/250271
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Keywords:
Hospitality; Selfhood; Otherness; Ethics; Deconstruction; Phenomenology; Levinas, Emmanuel; Kearney, Richard; Ricoeur, Paul; Derrida, Jacques; Hagglund, Martin
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Rights holder:
This Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.
Degree Title:
Master of Arts in Philosophy
Appears in Collections:
Masters Theses

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dc.contributor.advisorKuipers, Ronald A.en
dc.contributor.authorBonney, Nathan D.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-25T19:30:55Z-
dc.date.available2012-10-25T19:30:55Z-
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dc.date.issued2012-05-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/250271-
dc.description.abstractThis thesis argues that attitudes of inhospitality operate subtly in our politics, in our religious beliefs and practices, and in our understandings of who we are. Consequently, the question of hospitality - what it is and what it signifies - is an urgent one for us to address. In this thesis I examine and outline the hermeneutics-deconstruction debate over the experience of otherness and what it means to respond to others ethically (or hospitably). In the first two chapters I defend the importance of properly understanding the ethics of both Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida. Against the concerns of Paul Ricoeur and Richard Kearney, I maintain that a Levinasian and Derridean insistence on answering to the call of an unconditional hospitality is the best way forward in our attempt to respond with justice to strangers. Next, by engaging Martin Hagglund's objection to an ethical reading of Derridean unconditionality, I give attention to the theme of negotiation in Derrida's later work, a theme which I take to be the central feature of his account of hospitality. I conclude by proposing five theses concerning hospitality. These theses provide an overview of the main themes discussed in this thesis and once more address the various tensions internal to the concept of hospitality.en_GB
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dc.publisherInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
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dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/-
dc.subjectHospitalityen_GB
dc.subjectSelfhooden_GB
dc.subjectOthernessen_GB
dc.subjectEthicsen_GB
dc.subjectDeconstructionen_GB
dc.subjectPhenomenologyen_GB
dc.subjectLevinas, Emmanuelen_GB
dc.subjectKearney, Richarden_GB
dc.subjectRicoeur, Paulen_GB
dc.subjectDerrida, Jacquesen_GB
dc.subjectHagglund, Martinen_GB
dc.subject.lcshHospitality--Religious aspects--Christianityen_GB
dc.subject.lcshLevinas, Emmanuel--Philosophyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshDerrida, Jacques--Philosophyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshSelf (Philosophy)en_GB
dc.subject.lcshOther (Philosophy)en_GB
dc.subject.lcshEthics--Philosophyen_GB
dc.titleThe Risk of Hospitality: Selfhood, Otherness, and Ethics in Deconstruction and Phenomenological Hermeneuticsen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.type.degreetitleMaster of Arts in Philosophy-
dc.rights.holderThis Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.en_GB
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