By Jacques Derrida
Acts of faith, compiled in shut organization with Jacques Derrida, brings jointly for the 1st time a few 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 right here for the 1st time in any language, in addition to a considerable creation by means of Gil Anidjar that explores Derrida's go back to his personal "religious" origins and his makes an attempt to deliver to gentle hidden non secular dimensions of the social, cultural, historic, and political.
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Who, to be precise? A son, yours. How beautiful to have an example. Religion, nothing less: 20 . , y. 52 1 . ' comes from. . ThiS usage IS constant during the classical period. . In sum, religio is a hesitation that holds back, a scruple that prevents, and not a sentiment that guides an action or that incites one to practice a �ult. " Together with spondeo, we must consider re-spondeo. The proper meaning of respon deo and the relation with spondeo emerge literally from a dialogue of Plautus ( Captiui, 899).
This reactivity is a process of sacrificial indemnification, it strives to restore the unscathed ( heilig) that it itself threatens. And it is also the possibility of the two, of n + 1 , the same possibility as that of the testimonial deus ex mach ina. As for the response, it is either or. Either it addresses the absolute other as such, with an address that is understood, heard, respected faithfully and responsibly; or it retorts, retaliates, compensates and indemnifies itselfin the war of resentment and of reac tivity.
In addition to the fact that etymology never provides a law and only provides material for thinking on the condition that it allows itself to be thought as well, we shall attempt later to define the implication or tendency
Acts of Religion by Jacques Derrida