Vol. 1 No. 1 (2023)
Thematic Section

Exceeding Humanism: Aporetic Relations of Hospitality and Parasitism

Eszter Horváth
Budapest Metropolitan University
Pázmány Papers vol. 1. nr. 1.

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


  • parasitism,
  • French Theory,
  • innovation,
  • creation,
  • communication theory,
  • humanism and posthumanism


The paper introduces Jean-Luc Nancy and Michel Serres as two philosophers of the perpetual and spontaneous rebeginning of philosophy: always in the process of inventing itself, branching off, mutating, and escaping,  spurring the spirit towards continuous renewal. Nancy and Serres, two whimsically energetic, creative, innovative thinkers, both take into account, even rely in their philosophies on the parasitic procedures that tend to reorganize the structures of western culture. In this paper, these parasitic procedures come to the fore, as one of the most important aspects of innovation and creation.