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MIASU Seminar: Heonik Kwon

When Oct 31, 2017
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Seminar Room, Mond Building, Social Anthropology
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Heonik Kwon (University of Cambridge)

On Universal Hospitality


Immanuel Kant’s vision for a peaceable world society is crucially based
on a theory of hospitality. Hidden in his rendering of universal
hospitality, however, is a notion of reciprocity, the idea that the act
of providing hospitality to strangers assumes the possibility of
receiving hospitality from strangers. This paper will explore the
conceptual relationship between the law of hospitality (which assumes a
dual concentric hierarchy of inside versus outside and the subject’s
self-conscious position as an insider) and the principle of reciprocity
(in which both the inside and the outside become constitutive of the
historical self). The discussion will be partly based on a consideration
of the moral philosophy of Nguyen Du, a powerful literary scholar of the
eighteenth-century Vietnam.

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