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Acts of Religion, compiled in close association with Jacques Derrida, brings together for the first time a number of Derrida's writings on religion and questions of faith and their relation to philosophy and political culture. The essays discuss religious texts from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions, as well as religious thinkers such as Kant, Levinas, and Gershom Scholem, and comprise pieces spanning Derrida's career. The collection includes two new essays by Derrida that appear here for the first time in...

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Overview

Acts of Religion, compiled in close association with Jacques Derrida, brings together for the first time a number of Derrida's writings on religion and questions of faith and their relation to philosophy and political culture. The essays discuss religious texts from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions, as well as religious thinkers such as Kant, Levinas, and Gershom Scholem, and comprise pieces spanning Derrida's career. The collection includes two new essays by Derrida that appear here for the first time in any language, as well as a substantial introduction by Gil Anidjar that explores Derrida's return to his own "religious" origins and his attempts to bring to light hidden religious dimensions of the social, cultural, historical, and political.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135773557
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Jacques Derrida teaches at the École des Hautes Études in Paris, at the University of California, Irvine, New York University, and the New School for Social Research. He is the author of more than 30 books including Acts of Literature and Specters of Marx, both published by Routledge. Gil Anidjar is Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: "Once More, Once More": Derrida, the Arab, the Jew 1
1 Faith and Knowledge: The Two Sources of "Religion" at the Limits of Reason Alone 40
2 Des Tours de Babel 102
3 Interpretations at War: Kant, the Jew, the German 135
4 The Eyes of Language: The Abyss and the Volcano 189
5 Force of Law: The "Mystical Foundation of Authority" 228
6 Taking a Stand for Algeria 299
7 A Silkworm of One's Own (Points of View Stitched on the Other Veil) 309
8 Hostipitality 356
Bibliography 421
Permissions 427
Index 429
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