By Jacques Derrida
Acts of faith, compiled in shut organization with Jacques Derrida, brings jointly for the 1st time a couple of Derrida's writings on faith and questions of religion and their relation to philosophy and political tradition. The essays talk about non secular texts from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions, in addition to non secular thinkers corresponding to Kant, Levinas, and Gershom Scholem, and contain items spanning Derrida's profession. the gathering comprises new essays via Derrida that seem right here for the 1st time in any language, in addition to a considerable advent by means of Gil Anidjar that explores Derrida's go back to his personal "religious" origins and his makes an attempt to deliver to mild hidden spiritual dimensions of the social, cultural, historic, and political.
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For if the concept of "religion" implies an institution that is separable, identifiable, circumscribable, tied through its letter to the Roman ius, its essential relation both to faith and to God is anything but self-evident. When we speak, we Europeans, so ordinarily and so confusedly today about a "return of the religious," what do we thereby name? To what do we refer? 2 1 . , pp. 475-76. Only the foreign words and the expression 'answer for' are emphasized by Benveniste. 70 ACTS O F RE L I G I O N The "religious," the religiosity that is vaguely associated with the experience of the sacredness of the divine, of the holy, of the saved or of the unscathed ( heilig )-is it religion?
But everything remains problematic in this respect. " � l FA I T H A N D KN O W L E D G E 71 "What is . . " which is to say, on the one hand, what is it in its essence? And on the other, what is it (present indicative) at present? What is it doing, what is being done with it at present, today, today in the world? So many ways of insinuating, in each of these words being essence, present, world-a response into the question. So many ways of imposing the answer. Of pre-imposing it or of prescribing it as religion.
Rior to this, when his journey brings him close to the island of Corfu-yet another island Heldegger recalls that another island, Sicily, appeared to Goethe to be closer to Greecej and the same rec ollec�ion as��ciates in two phrases the "traits of a romanized, Italian ( romisch-italienischen ) Greece," seen. , p. 1 9) . b�ve all a "soj ourn" (Aufenthalt), a modest (Scheu) stopover
Acts of Religion by Jacques Derrida