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Hospitality is a multi-faceted idea that has been obtained by way of, and labored into, a number of educational nation-states and disciplines, equivalent to philosophy, politics, anthropology, aesthetics, ethics, and translation experiences. The essays gathered during this quantity, by means of a variety of overseas individuals, research how, within the wake of the paintings of Levinas and the overdue Derrida, this idea has entered into and remodeled the taking into account those disciplines.

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Only then would the conclusion apply that transcendence has to be dispensed with. To insist on the state, its institutions, and its laws as the exclusive arena in which the forms of rights, self-cultivation, Bildung, and even critical reason are acknowledged and transmitted is to focus exclusively on what Levinas has called the Third, the realm of justice that grows out of, supplements, and runs the danger to blot out the ethical realm of the face-to-face. Furthermore, are self-cultivation, education, and critical reason thinkable without a realm of the other?

There is no such thing as woman because in her essence . . ” Woman thus not only has no essence, she defies the very concept, based, as it is, on sameness, wholeness, and singularity. By deconstructing essence, she consequently also deconstructs transcendence, as the latter cannot be thought without at least one foot in essence. ) Woman, according to Lacan, can “only be written with a bar through it” (72)—what a strikingly allusive metaphor! This means, however, that she cannot partake in, cannot be conceptualized by, political discourse, since there is, as Reinhard (2005) points out, no common denominator for subjects who locate themselves as women, no way of characterizing “women in general,” contrary to popular misconceptions about feminine essence and unlike the case for men, who are determined by the assumption that there is a totality of the set Man.

Hospitality—Under Compassion and Violence ■ 23 Transcending Transcendence, or: Transcendiff erances Limping toward a Radical Concept of Hospitality T H O M A S C L AV I E Z I Transcendence has recently come under attack. It has come under suspicion in the entire debate about our globalized world, in theoretical discussions about cosmopolitanism, and in political manifestos that debate how to deal with the global village we have perceived our planet to be. And in a village, as is well known, everybody is each other’s neighbor.

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