Vol. 1 No. 1 (2023)
Thematic Section

Deconstruction, Right against the Body of Hospitality

Giustino De Michele
LLCP, Université Paris 8
Pázmány Papers vol. 1. nr. 1.

Published 12/18/2023 — Updated on 06/13/2024


  • deconstruction,
  • à même,
  • finitude of hospitality,
  • enclavement,
  • maternity and solicitude


The title of this article, “Deconstruction, Right against the Body of Hospitality”, contains a quotation from Jacques Derrida’s Hospitality seminar. Here Derrida, while exposing the impossibility to distinguish a host from a guest (hôte from hôte, in French), and a friendly from a hostile one (a hospes from a hostis) – and therefore hospitality from hostility – says: “this is not here a contingent accident. It is a destiny, it is an essential law, inscribed right against the body of hospitality, it is the space and time of hospitality”.