Three Theses on the Two Sources and Their One Common Element

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:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (FUP)

Three Theses on the Two Sources and Their One Common Element

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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

Chapter.  16277 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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