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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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Three Theses on the Two Sources and Their One Common Element

Three Theses on the Two Sources and Their One Common Element

(p.65) 3 Three Theses on the Two Sources and Their One Common Element
Miracle and Machine

Michael Naas

Fordham University Press

This chapter attempts to develop the three principal theses that run throughout “Faith and Knowledge.” While Derrida does not himself identify these three theses as such, this chapter shows the extent to which they structure the entirety of Derrida’s essay. That there are two sources of religion, that in order to indemnify one of these two sources religion must enlist the forces of technoscience, and that religion and science share a source in a kind of originary faith that makes all community possible—these theses are at the center of “Faith and Knowledge.” It is also in this chapter that the autoimmune relationship between religion and science, and particularly religion and the media, is developed.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, Religion, Science, Technology, Media, Autoimmunity, Source

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