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Duplicity, Definition, Deracination

Michael Naas

in Miracle and Machine

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239979
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240012 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239979.003.0004

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (FUP)

Duplicity, Definition, Deracination

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This chapter analyses the structure and organization of “Faith and Knowledge” and Derrida’s initial attempts to “define” the nature of religion or the role religion is playing in the world today. The chapter demonstrates how the first two sections of Derrida’s essay adumbrate almost everything that follows, from the sources, terms, and themes of the essay to the significance of khōra. The chapter concludes with a look at the question of language in Derrida’s essay, which is never just one question among others for Derrida, and particularly not for the theme of religion, where the Latin origins of the word and concept religion are related to the way in which religion is spreading across the globe through a process Derrida calls Globalatinization.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Religion; Language; Globalization; Globalatinization; Khora

Chapter.  12058 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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