Subjectivity as Radical Hospitality

Subjectivity as Radical Hospitality : Recasting the Self with Augustine, Descartes, Marion, and Derrida

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Intervervening in a lively debate in contemporary European philosophy, this book offers a radically revisioned account of the self subjected to experience. Patiently yet vigorously engaging Jean-Luc Marion's reading of selfhood in St Augustine, Martis reaches back deeply into the Western Philosophical tradition to propose a bold solution to the phemomenological problem of how a self can recognise an other, while remiaining itself. Insights from Descartes, Kant, Derrida, Blanchot, Romano and others are brought together to undergird an account of a self that remains itself only in ceaseless loss to necessary incursions of the other: "I Welcome therefore I am."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 194 pages
  • 159 x 239 x 19mm | 426g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1498543995
  • 9781498543996
  • 2,517,571

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: The Subject of Hospitality
Chapter 2: The self: relating its self-certainty to its uncertainty
Chapter 3: The Self-Certain Self, the Self as Other, and the Possibility of Hospitality
Chapter 4: Derrida's Arrivant and Augustine's Hospitable Self
Chapter 5: The Hospitable Self-In-Loss as Subject: Further Challenges Met
Conclusion: The Subject Seen Anew: "I Welcome, Therefore I Am"
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About John Martis

John Martis SJ teaches philosophy at Pilgrim Theological College.
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