The hospitality phenomenon: philosophical enlightenment?

Kevin D. O'Gorman

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    Abstract

    The emergent paradigm of hospitality studies does not have a coherent philosophical foundation. In seeking to identify a philosophy of hospitality this paper explores Derrida's contribution, along with other writers in philosophy and postcolonial theory, who are either writing in the field or have developed his works. Derrida and others are often cited within the context of the emerging paradigm of hospitality studies. In order to examine and critically evaluate the possibility of the construct of a philosophy of the phenomenon of hospitality, the review of the philosophical concepts is set within three perspectives: individual moral philosophy; hospitality and the nation states, and hospitality and language. Although examining the writings of Derrida and others provides an insight into the phenomenon of hospitality, a coherent philosophy of hospitality seems to be an enigma; possibly because hospitality is not a matter of objective knowledge.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-202
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research
    Volume1
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Keywords

    • hospitality services
    • hospitality management
    • philosophical concepts

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