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Pomegranate Seeds and Scattered Ashes

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/9780823239979.003.0010

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (FUP)

Pomegranate Seeds and Scattered Ashes

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This chapter explores the relationship between religion and calculation or calculability, in short, between religion and number, the question of demographics, of monotheism, and so on. The chapter looks in some detail at a couple of the final sections of “Faith and Knowledge” where Derrida combines a thinking of the secret with that of number and calculation. It returns to the question of why Derrida decided to write his essay in fifty-two sections and the significance of the number 613. Finally, the chapter tries to explore some of the more important images or figures of the essay (the pomegranate, ashes, the Marrano) in relationship to the themes of calculability and incalculability, the limits imposed by the machine and the possibility for something unforeseen to arrive in the remaining “space available.”

Keywords: Jacques Derrida; Religion; Calculation; Number; Pomegranates; Ashes; Marrano

Chapter.  7460 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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