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Title: Acts of Religion
Author: Derrida, Jacques
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2001
Paperback; ISBN: 9780415924016
Volumes: 1; Pages: 448
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Is there, today," asks Jacques Derrida, "another 'question of religion'?" Derrida's writings on religion situate and raise anew questions of tradition, faith, and sacredness and their relation to philosophy and political culture. He has amply testified to his growing up in an Algerian Jewish, French-speaking family, to the complex impact of a certain Christianity on his surroundings and himself, and to his being deeply affected by religious persecution. Religion has made demands on Derrida, and, in turn, the study of religion has benefited greatly from his extensive philosophical contributions to the field.
Acts of Religion brings together for the first time Derrida's key writings on religion, along with two new essays translated by Gil Anidjar that appear here for the first time in any language. These texts are organized around the secret holding of links between the personal, the political, and the theological. In these texts, Derrida's reflections on religion span from negative theology to the limits of reason and to hospitality.
Acts of Religion will serve as an excellent introduction to Derrida's remarkable contribution to religious studies.
Introduction: "Once More, Once More": Derrida, the Arab, the Jew
1 Faith and Knowledge: The Two Sources of "Religion" at the Limits of Reason Alone
2 Des Tours de Babel
3 Interpretations at War: Kant, the Jew, the German
4 The Eyes of Language: The Abyss and the Volcano
5 Force of Law: The "Mystical Foundation of Authority"
6 Taking a Stand for Algeria
7 A Silkworm of One's Own (Points of View Stitched on the Other Veil)