Dialogical Hospitality as a Habitat for Peace

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In this chapter, ‘Dialogical Hospitality as a Habitat for Peace’, François Mifsud traces the notion of peace as a quality of a relationship between human beings has been the object of many conflicts and wars. A historical archetypical situation that explains this contradictory reality is the Pax Romana (Roman Peace) where the Roman wars and violent colonisations were animated by the objective of peace. Thus, the same instance in which an individual or a community attempts to express a definition of peace becomes the same instance that estranges (othering) others, creating conflicts and in extreme situations wars. This contradictory situation, where the communication of peace becomes the announcement of conflicts and wars, reveals the necessity for a habitat that presides and creates the possibility for people to dialogue and exchange their different notions of peace. In this chapter, Mifsud identifies this habitat for peace with the notion of dialogical hospitality; this becomes the space for strangers to relate and to exchange their notion of peace in peace.

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