Acts of Religion by Jacques Derrida

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 speak about non secular texts from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions, in addition to non secular thinkers akin to Kant, Levinas, and Gershom Scholem, and contain items spanning Derrida's occupation. the gathering contains new essays through Derrida that seem right here for the 1st time in any language, in addition to a considerable creation by way of Gil Anidjar that explores Derrida's go back to his personal "religious" origins and his makes an attempt to convey to gentle hidden non secular dimensions of the social, cultural, historic, and political.

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It will never be proven whether it is the one or the other, never in an act of determin­ ing, theoretical or cognitive judgement. This might be the place and the responsi­ bility of what is called belief, trustworthiness or fidelity, the fiduciary, "trust" in general, the tribunal of faith. (30) But we are already speaking Latin. For the Capri meeting, the "theme" I believed myself constrained to propose, religion, was named in Latin, let us never forget it. Does not "the question of religio," however, quite simply merge, one could say, with the question of Latin?

Indemnis: that which has not suffered damage or prejudice, damnum; this latter word will have given in French " dam" (" au grand dam": to the detriment or displeasure of) and comes from dap-no-m, tied to daps, dapis, that is, to the sacrifice offered the Gods as ritual compensation. In this latter case, one could speak of indemni-fication and we will use this word here or there to designate both the process of compensation and the restitution, sometimes sacrificial, that reconstitutes purity intact, renders integrity safe and sound, restores cleanliness

Answer), compared to the got. swaran 'to swear, pronounce solemn words': it is almost literally respondere. Thus we can determine precisely, in the prehistory of Greek and of Latin, the meaning of a term that is of the greatest importance in religious vocabulary, and the value that is derived from the root " spend with respect to other verbs that indicate offering in general. In Latin, an important part of the initial distinction has disappeared, but the essential remains and this is what determines the juridical notion of sponsio on the one hand, and on the other, the link with the Greek concept of sponde.

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