The Jacques Derrida

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Jacques Derrida created controversy and theories that have influenced philosophy, literature, linguistics, anthropology and a number of other fields. The scope of his work is so large that some argue it unreasonable to accept his word as legitimate in0 certain fields. In Of Hospitality, Derrida describes and brings to the forefront one of the primary issues of cosmopolitan ethics; what is the appropriate approach to extending and receiving hospitality and what are the implications of such action? Through an intensive understanding of this work, Derrida eventually reaches the conclusion that the balance between being absolutely hospitable and conditionally hospitable is completely necessary. “Is it more just and more loving to question or not to question?” (Of Hospitality, 29). Each has the ability to corrupt the other but both are needed in order for hospitality and, in general, socially responsible behavior. Why this is important Hospitality cannot be practically applied without the host establishing some set of limits, but at the exact time these limits are created, the visitor/guest is put into a position of wanting in freedom. This is the aporia that Derrida is concerned with. According to Niall Lucy in A Derrida Dictionary; Aporia is “a Greek term denoting a logical contradiction.” The word choice here is interesting because ‘contradiction’ implies an issue that is resolvable in a certain light as well as being a foundation on which to build. As Derrida puts
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