HOSPITALITY / Vol. 89, No. 1 (Spring 2022)
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Arien Mack, Journal Editor
Endangered Scholars Worldwide
Gods as Difficult Guests in Greek and Indian Mythology
Though ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Indian texts tell tales of generous people rewarded for offering hospitality to strangers, particularly to gods in disguise, these strangers often subject their hosts to many torments. And the ancient mythology of hosts and guests tricked or forced to eat their own children suggests that the widespread laws enforcing hospitality to strangers were needed to counteract a basic human tendancy to fear such guests, a fear that the mythology validates.
Hospitality, Democracy, Tragedy
Hierarchies of Hospitality and Knowledge: Linnaues’s hosts on his Laplandic Journey
Recent science studies literature has emphasized that knowledge is generated in transit and through encounters. If this is true, knowledge production will depend on forms of hosting and hospitality. Conversely, creating hostile environments that prevent encounters decreases possibilities for the building of knowledge. Using results from a research project on Carl Linnaeus’s Laplandic Journey (1732), our chapter addresses perceptions of the other in relation to hierarchies of hospitality and asks whether these also parallel hierarchies of knowledge. While in later reports Linnaeus created an image of Lapland as uninhabited and uncultivated, waiting to be explored and exploited, his diary documents how people there were the ones on whose expertise, guidance and hospitality he depended.
Carnal hospitality: From Word to Touch
Hospitality: The Guest Replies
Wisdom and Hospitality in Shakespeare's Thought World
Hospitality — its Functions and Limitations
The Uncanny Hospitality of "Choosing" to Share a Planet
How can we share the Earth with those with whom we do not even share a world? The answer to this question is crucial in terms of figuring out whether there is any chance for cosmopolitan peace through, rather than against, both cultural diversity and the biodiversity of the planet. Inspired by Kant’s suggestion that politics right is founded on the limited surface of the earth, and Derrida’s suggestion that each singular being is not only a world, but also the world, I attempt to articulate an ethics of sharing the earth even when we do not share a world (cf. Derrida 2003a & 2011). This earth ethics is based on our shared cohabitation of our earthly home.
Hospitality as an Ethically Ambivalent Concept