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One of the world’s most famous philosophers, Jacques Derrida, explores difficult questions in this important and engaging book. Is it still possible to uphold. Jacques Derrida, On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness. Trans. Mark Dooley and Michael Hughes. Preface by Simon Critchley and Richard Kearney. London. From the Stoics to Kant’s idea of perpetual peace, cosmopolitanism has Jacques Derrida asks how it is possible to uphold an international hospitality and .

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Dec 04, Therese A. Only the victim can forgive, and forgiveness must thus interrupt the sovereignty of the state. Request removal from index. It is thus outsize the law, and violent by that very fact. If one is only prepared to forgive what appears forgivable, what the church calls ‘venial sin’, then the very idea of forgiveness would disappear. The two poles are irreducible to one another, certainly, but they remain indissociable.

Quotes from On Cosmopolitanis Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Is this not, in truth, the only thing to forgive? The first part, ‘On Cosmopolitanism’ it’s also very interesting and deals with matters very pertinent to today’s refugee crisis, it deals with concepts such a refuge cities acting in a some kind of alliance both beyond the State and out of it. I found this book through a Goodreads “people also liked” list and only initially hovered over it because of the cool looking cover, but the title and the concept grabbed me.


Yet when Derrida traces the impossibility of forgiveness or hospitality–when he indicates the impossible appearance of the ethical–he does not solve or resolve a problem for ethics or politics, and this is an accomplishment.

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History of Western Philosophy. An important exploration by Derrida particularly in this era of distrust of the “other” – where the Western world fears the influx of immigrants and refugees. The second part, “On Fo An important exploration by Derrida particularly in this era of distrust of the “other” cosmopllitanism where the Western world fears the influx of immigrants and refugees.

Forgoveness hospitality be grounded on a private or public ethic? Can we move on? Postscript on Hospitality, Cosmopolitanism, and the Other. The essays are prescient and speak to the complexities of aid and hospitality and the nature of forgiveness.

On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness by Jacques Derrida

Before the modern forms of what is called, in the strict sense, ‘colonialism’, all States I would dare to say, without playing too much with the word and etymology, all cultures have their origin in an aggression of the colonial type.

Hear Say Yes in Joyce. The whole issue with Syria is so challenging. Contact Contact Us Help. I really concern on what might Derrida thinks about forgiveness. This, as one might expect, deals with forgiveness beyond the simple personal conflict level, and goes into really heinous stuff: In the second half of this book, Forgiveness is interrogated as he comes to the conclusion that forgiveness can only come from the “unforgiveable”, and is precluded by the normalcy of the forgiveable.


While at times the writing is a bit hard to understand mostly because of the run on sentencesthe points that Derrida touches upon are worth pondering. References to this book Media and Morality: An interesting concept if considered in a modern context.

Overall, this was an insightful read. Rather it returns questions of knowledge and strategy: Sep 15, Steven rated it really liked it Shelves: Nonetheless I think I might read more of Derrida’s ethics work. Richard Rorty asks whether the ideals of rights enshrined in liberty, equality and fraternity implicit in global cosmopolitanism are sustainable when the very concept of rights is problematic. May 15, caitlinmae rated it it was amazing. Forgiveness, to be so, has to come from the one who suffered the wrongful action, and has to be unconditional, expecting nothing, not even the regret or repent of the other part, basically an act of madness.

This division, this incapacity, which resembles the position from which unconditional forgiveness must emerge, if it is to emerge, not only responds to the relation between ethics and politics, but it describes their rapport sans rapport. It is a madness of the impossible.

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