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Nurs Ethics. 2016 Dec;23(8):902-909. doi: 10.1177/0969733015587779. Epub 2016 Aug 3.

Breath of hospitality.

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University of Primorska, Slovenia.


In this paper we outline the possibilities of an ethic of care based on our self-affection and subjectivity in the ethical spaces between-two. In this we first refer to three Irigarayan concepts - breath, silence and listening from the third phase of her philosophy, and discuss them within the methodological framework of an ethics of intersubjectivity and interiority. Together with attentiveness, we analyse them as four categories of our ethical becoming. Furthermore, we argue that self-affection is based on our inchoate receptivity for the needs of the other(s) and is thus dialectical in its character. In this we critically confront some epistemological views of our ethical becoming. We wind up this paper with a proposal for an ethics towards two autonomous subjects, based on care and our shared ethical becoming - both as signs of our deepest hospitality towards the other.


Attentiveness; Joan Tronto; Luce Irigaray; autonomy; breath; ethical becoming; ethics of care; hospitality; listening; nursing ethics; self-affection; silence; subjectivity

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