Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

Universal Hospitality

  • Rafał Wonicki
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_768

In the contemporary Western World, hospitality is associated with culture and manners of the individual. It reflects respect for one’s guests – satisfying their needs and treating them as equal human beings. In addition, the idea has ethical and political implications. Thus, we can understand universal hospitality in at least two ways. First, as individual sense of duty (ethical perspective), and second, as institutional organization of social services (political perspective) such as special places for particular types of “strangers” – the poor, orphans, aliens, criminals, etc.Generally speaking, universal hospitality is aright to visit other countries, but on the other hand, it imposes aduty of politeness toward foreigners on the host, provided that they are not aggressive or disruptive. In international ethics, it is apart of cosmopolitan approach to nature of duties across community boundaries. It is away of treating others as equals in the divided and pluralized world.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafał Wonicki
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  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and SociologyUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland