Synopses & Reviews
One of the world's most famous philosophers, Jacques Derrida, explores difficult questions in this important and engaging book. Is it still possible to uphold international hospitality and justice in the face of increasing nationalism and civil strife in so many countries? Drawing on examples of treatment of minority groups in Europe, he skillfully and accessibly probes the thinking that underlies much of the practice, and rhetoric, that informs cosmopolitanism. What have duties and rights to do with hospitality? Should hospitality be grounded in a private or public ethic, or even a religious one? This fascinating book will be illuminating reading for all.
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From the early Stoics to Kant's idea of "perpetual peace", cosmopolitanism has been at the heart of philosophical and political thinking about justice. Derrida asks whether it is still possible to uphold international hospitality and justice in the face of increasing nationalism and civil strife in many countries.
In this book, Jacques Derrida confronts two pressing problems: the explosive tensions between refugee and asylum rights and the ethic of the hospitality; and the dilemma of reconciliation and amnesty where the bloody traumas of history demand forgiveness.