Acts of Religion, complied in close association with Jacques Derrida, brings together for the first time a number of Derrida's writings on religion and questions of faith and their relation to philosophy and political culture. The esssays discuss religious texts from Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions, as well as religious thinkers such as Kant, Levinas and Gershom Schloem, and comprise pieces spanning Derrida's career. The collection includes two essays by Derrida that appear here for the first time in any language, as well as a substantial introduction by Gil Anidjar that explores Derrida's return to his own "religious" origins and his attempts to bring to light hidden religious dimensions of the social, cultural, historical and political.
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Introduction: "Once More, Once More": Derrida, the Arab, the Jew by Gil Anidjar
Faith and Knowledge: The Two Sources of "Religion" at the Limits of Reason Alone
Des Tours de Babel
Interpretations at War: Kant, the Jew, the German
The Eyes of Language: The Abyss and the Volcano
Force of Law: The "Mystical Foundation of Authority"
Taking a Stand for Algeria
A Silkworm of One's Own (Points of View Stitched on the Other Veil)
'It is a very significant contribution because it enables the reader to know Derrida's personal views, opinions, values, reflections, and judgments on many topics philosophical, religious, and humanistic...Highly recommended for graduate students and scholars of Derrida.' - R. Puligandla, emeritus, University of Toledo
'This important collection of essays traces the development of Derrida's long-standing interest in religion into a virtual obsession. In ways difficult to calculate Derrida has become one of the most provocative 'religious' thinkers of our time. Gil Anidjar's fine translation and remarkable introduction show not only the philosophical and theological importance but also the social, political and even economic implications of Derrida's reflections on religion.' - Mark C. Taylor, author of The Moment of Complexity: Emerging Network Culture and Grave Matters
'The most important publication in the area of deconstruction and theology this year ... indispensible reading for the many scholars working in this area.' - Critical and Cultural Theory