The Telegenic Voice

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)

The Telegenic Voice

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This chapter analyses the distinctions Derrida makes in several texts, including “Faith and Knowledge,” between religions—and particularly Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—on the basis of their use of and/or reaction to the teletechnological machine and the media. The chapter goes on to consider why Derrida suggests that perhaps only Christianity should go by the name religion and why globalization is perhaps first and foremost a Christian phenomenon. Finally, it is argued that Derrida’s time in the United States, and particular his interest in religious programming on American television, was essential to the development of his understanding of the relationship between religion and the media.

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Religion; Television; Media; Globalization; Christianity; Judaism; Islam; United States

Chapter.  12205 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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