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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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La Religion Soufflée

La Religion Soufflée

The Genesis of “Faith and Knowledge”

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Miracle and Machine

Michael Naas

Fordham University Press

This chapter begins by looking at a single, very brief passage in “Faith and Knowledge” where Derrida recounts the origin of the Capri conference and its theme of religion. It then goes on to demonstrate how Derrida’s approach to the question of religion echoes—or doubles—his approach to other questions, such as the relationship between speech and writing, or breath and the machine, in a couple of important early texts. We also see in this chapter how Derrida’s thought always develops through a mise-en-scène of other texts and other voices, in this case, the two versions of the creation of mankind in Genesis. It is also here that an attempt is made to give a succinct definition of the first key word of the title of this book—miracle—with the definition of the second, machine, being reserved for the following chapter.

Keywords:   Jacques Derrida, Religion, Breath, Genesis, Miracle, Machine

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