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From Adieu à Emmanuel Levinas

From Adieu à Emmanuel Levinas 20 From Adieu à Emmanuel Levinas* JACQUES DERRIDA École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Has it ever been noted? Although there the word is neither frequently used nor emphasized, Totality and Infinity bequeaths us a vast treatise of hospitality. This is borne out less by the occurrences of the word "hospitality," which are in fact rather sporadic, than by the links and discursive logic that lead to this vocabulary of hospitality. For example, in the con- cluding pages, hospitality becomes the very name of what opens itself up to the face, or more precisely, of what "welcomes" it. The face always lends itself to a welcome and the welcome welcomes only a face, the face that should be our theme today, but that, as we know from reading Levinas, must resist all thematization. This irreducibility to a theme, this exceeding of all thematizing for- malization or description, is precisely what the face has in common with hospitality. Levinas does not simply distinguish hospitality and thematization; as we will hear in a moment, he explicitly opposes them. When he completely redefines intentional subjectivity, when he sub- mits subjection to the idea of infinity in the finite, he multiplies http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

From Adieu à Emmanuel Levinas

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 28 (1): 20 – Jan 1, 1998

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Brill
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© 1998 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
DOI
10.1163/156916498X00029
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20 From Adieu à Emmanuel Levinas* JACQUES DERRIDA École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Has it ever been noted? Although there the word is neither frequently used nor emphasized, Totality and Infinity bequeaths us a vast treatise of hospitality. This is borne out less by the occurrences of the word "hospitality," which are in fact rather sporadic, than by the links and discursive logic that lead to this vocabulary of hospitality. For example, in the con- cluding pages, hospitality becomes the very name of what opens itself up to the face, or more precisely, of what "welcomes" it. The face always lends itself to a welcome and the welcome welcomes only a face, the face that should be our theme today, but that, as we know from reading Levinas, must resist all thematization. This irreducibility to a theme, this exceeding of all thematizing for- malization or description, is precisely what the face has in common with hospitality. Levinas does not simply distinguish hospitality and thematization; as we will hear in a moment, he explicitly opposes them. When he completely redefines intentional subjectivity, when he sub- mits subjection to the idea of infinity in the finite, he multiplies

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1998

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