By Jacques Derrida
Acts of faith, compiled in shut organization with Jacques Derrida, brings jointly for the 1st time a couple of 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 spiritual thinkers reminiscent of Kant, Levinas, and Gershom Scholem, and contain items spanning Derrida's occupation. the gathering comprises new essays by way of Derrida that seem the following for the 1st time in any language, in addition to a considerable creation via Gil Anidjar that explores Derrida's go back to his personal "religious" origins and his makes an attempt to deliver to gentle hidden non secular dimensions of the social, cultural, ancient, and political.
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34) Etymologies, filiations, genealogies, pragmatics. We will not be able to undertake here all the analyses required by distinctions that are indispensable but rarely respected or practised. There are many of them (religion/faith, belief; reli gion/piety; religion/cult; religion/theology; religion/theiology; religion/ontotheol ogy; or yet again, religious/divine-mortal or immortal; religious/sacred-saved holy-unscathed-immune-heilig) . But among them, before or after them, we will put to the test the quasi-transcendental privilege we believe ourselves obliged to grant the distinction between, on the one hand, the experience of belief (trust, trust worthiness, confidence, faith, the credit accorded the good faith of the utterly other in the experience of witnessing) and, on the other, the experience of sacredness, even of holiness, of the unscathed that is safe and sound ( heilig, holy) .
899 At ego tuum tibi aduenisse filium respondeo. " This exchange of guarantees (cf. our expression answer for . . " Respondeo, respon sum, is said of the interpreters of the gods, of priests, notably of the haruspices, giving a promise in return for the offering, depositing a security in return for a gift; it is the "response" of an oracle, of a priest. " The jurist, with his competence, guarantees the value of the opinion he gives. Let us note a symmetrical Germanic expression: old engl. and-swaru 'response' (engl.
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
Acts of Religion by Jacques Derrida