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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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Context Event Signature

Context Event Signature

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Miracle and Machine
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Michael Naas

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239979.003.0003

This chapter looks in detail at the context of the Capri conference where Derrida presented a first version of his 1994–95 essay “Faith and Knowledge.” The chapter considers everything from the time and place of the conference to the languages, nationalities, and religions of its participants. It also looks at some of the major world events—ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia, the “return to religion” in the US and Europe—that ended up influencing the discussions of the conference and particularly Derrida’s contribution. It is argued throughout this chapter that a thorough understanding of these conditions is essential to understanding Derrida’s presentation at the Capri conference and the essay “Faith and Knowledge” that resulted from it.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, Context, Language, Religion, Nationality, « Faith and Knowledge »

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