In We, the People of Europe? Balibar argues for a Europe as the interpreter of
the world, a ‘vanishing mediator’ translating languages and cultures.
Ricoeur in his last works has considered translation as a paradigm of the
attitude towards the other, holding the view that the ethical purposes relating
to linguistic hospitality are the model for any kind of hospitality. I intend to
contrast Balibar’s vanishing mediator with Ricoeur’s concept of linguistic