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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 spiritual texts from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions, in addition to non secular thinkers comparable to Kant, Levinas, and Gershom Scholem, and include items spanning Derrida's profession. the gathering comprises new essays through Derrida that seem the following for the 1st time in any language, in addition to a considerable creation via Gil Anidjar that explores Derrida's go back to his personal "religious" origins and his makes an attempt to convey to mild hidden non secular dimensions of the social, cultural, old, and political.

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We make a point of this in order to recall that the world today speaks Latin (most often via Anglo-American) when it authorizes itself in the name of religion. Presupposed at the origin of all address, coming from the other to whom it is also addressed, the wager of a sworn promise, taking immediately God as its witness, cannot not but have already, if one can put it this way, engendered God quasi-mechanically. A priori ineluctable, a descent of God ex machina would stage a transcendental addressing machine.

Chora, the "ordeal . to the mterpretation I believed justified in oJIf chora"12 wou ld be, at least accordmg attempting, the name for place, a place name, and a rather singular one at that, for that spacing which, not allowing itself to be dominated by any theological, ontological or anthropological instance, without age, without history and more "ancient" than all oppositions (for example, that ofsensible/intelligible), does not even announce itself as "beyond being" in accordance with a path ofnegation, a via negativa.

In principle, it is possible to sanctify, to sacralize the unscathed or to maintain oneself in the presence of the sacrosanct in various ways without bringing into play an act of belief, if at least belief, faith or fidelity signifies here acquiescing to the testimony of the other-of the utterly other who is inaccessible in its absolute source. And there �here every other is utterly other . Conversely, if . beyond the presence of what would offer itself to be seen, touched, It carnes proven, the acquiescence of trust still does not in itself necessarily involve the sacred.

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