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Miracle and MachineJacques Derrida and the Two Sources of Religion, Science, and the Media$
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Michael Naas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239979

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239979.001.0001

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Pomegranate Seeds and Scattered Ashes

Pomegranate Seeds and Scattered Ashes

From n + 1 to the One + n

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(p.227) 8 Pomegranate Seeds and Scattered Ashes
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Miracle and Machine
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Michael Naas

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239979.003.0010

This chapter explores the relationship between religion and calculation or calculability, in short, between religion and number, the question of demographics, of monotheism, and so on. The chapter looks in some detail at a couple of the final sections of “Faith and Knowledge” where Derrida combines a thinking of the secret with that of number and calculation. It returns to the question of why Derrida decided to write his essay in fifty-two sections and the significance of the number 613. Finally, the chapter tries to explore some of the more important images or figures of the essay (the pomegranate, ashes, the Marrano) in relationship to the themes of calculability and incalculability, the limits imposed by the machine and the possibility for something unforeseen to arrive in the remaining “space available.”

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, Religion, Calculation, Number, Pomegranates, Ashes, Marrano

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