Edited By Dirk Göttsche
Ralf Simon – The Temporality of Hospitality
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The Temporality of Hospitality1
The guest as a figure of the third
The guest is a complex figure. As a duty based on natural rights, hospitality is necessary to the development of culture: a guest may not be turned away. But if the guest is ever assimilated, he is no longer a guest: once “integrated”, he becomes one of “us”. As a guest, that is, he may not be turned away, but must still remain a stranger. The guest is thus a figure who cannot be turned down and cannot be integrated – the guest is simultaneously A and not-A. He is a figure of the third.2 ← 165 | 166 →
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