By Jacques Derrida

This quantity comprises the speech given by way of Derrida at Emmanuel Levinas's funeral on December 27, 1995, and his contribution to a colloquium prepared to mark the 1st anniversary of Levinas's demise. For either thinkers, the be aware adieu names a primary attribute of individual: the salutation or benediction sooner than all constative language (in convinced situations, you may say adieu in the interim of assembly) and that given in the interim of separation, occasionally ceaselessly, as in the meanwhile of demise, it's also the a-dieu, for God or to God earlier than and in any relation to the opposite.

In this ebook, Derrida extends his paintings on Levinas in formerly unexplored instructions through an intensive rereading of Totality and Infinity and different texts, together with the lesser-known talmudic readings. He argues that Levinas, specifically in Totality and Infinity, bequeaths to us an "immense treatise of hospitality," a meditation at the welcome provided to the opposite. The conjunction of an ethics of natural prescription with the assumption of an enormous and absolute hospitality confronts us with the main urgent political, juridical, and institutional issues of our time. What, then, is an ethics and what's a politics of hospitality? And what, if it ever is, will be a hospitality surpassing any ethics and any politics we know?

As regularly, Derrida increases those questions within the so much particular of phrases, relocating backward and forward among philosophical argument and the political dialogue of immigration legislation, peace, the nation of Israel, xenophobia—reminding us with each circulation that considering isn't really a question of neutralizing abstraction, yet a gesture of hospitality for what occurs and nonetheless could take place.

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Is attention to speech or welcome of. "6 If I was tempted to underscore the word hospitality in this sentence, I must now-so as to efface it-go back on this pedagogical or rhetorical concern. For all the concepts that are opposed to "thematization" are at once synony­ mous and of equal value. None of them should be privi­ leged, and thus underscored. Before going any further in the interpretation of this proposition, we should note what silently justifies such an apposition. It seems to fol­ Iow a sort of elan, content simply to unfold, to explicate.

This could be verified, even if, to my knowledge, it has not been done. More operational than thematic, this concept operates everywhere in order to speak of the first gesture in the direction of the Other. But is this welcome even a gesture? It is, rather, the first movement, an apparently passive movement, but the right or good movement. The welcome cannot be derived, no more than the face can, and there is no face without wel­ come. It is as if the welcome, just as much as the face, just as much as the vocabulary that is co-extensive and thus profoundly Synonymous with it, were a first language, a set made up of quasi-primitive-and quasi-transcendental­ words.

The leap with­ out transition, the rupturing mutation of the "without question" at the birth of the "first question," defines at the same time the passage from ethical responsibility to ju­ ridical, political-and philosophical-responsibility. It also indicates the move out of immediacy: 32 A Word of Welcome Doubtless, responsibility for the other human being is, in its immediacy, anterior to every question. But how does responsi­ bility obligate if a third troubles this exteriority of two w�ere my subjection of the subject is subjection to the neighbor?

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