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Miracle and machine : Jacques Derrida and the two sources of religion, science, and the media

Author: Michael Naas
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press , 2012.
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Br><br>Miracle and Machine : Jacques Derrida and the Two Sources of Religion, Science, and the Media <br> by Naas, Michael<br> <br><br><br>Terms of use<br>Miracle and Machine is a sort of "reader’s guide" to Jacques Derrida’s 1994 essay "faith and knowledge," his most important work on the nature of religion in general and on the unprecedented forms it is taking today  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Naas
ISBN: 9780823239979 0823239977
OCLC Number: 984382641
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formerly CIP. |5 Uk.
Description: xxi, 407 sayfa ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: Michael. Naas ; Michael Nass.

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Br><br>Miracle and Machine : Jacques Derrida and the Two Sources of Religion, Science, and the Media <br> by Naas, Michael<br> <br><br><br>Terms of use<br>Miracle and Machine is a sort of "reader’s guide" to Jacques Derrida’s 1994 essay "faith and knowledge," his most important work on the nature of religion in general and on the unprecedented forms it is taking today through science and the media. It provides essential background forunderstanding Derrida’s essay, commentary on its unique style and its central figures (e.g., Kant, Hegel, Bergson, and Heidegger), and assessment of its principal philosophical claims about the fundamental duplicity of religion and the ineluctably autoimmune relationship among religion, science, andthe media. Along the way it offers in-depth analysis of Derrida’s treatment of everything from the nature of religious revelation, faith, prayer, sacrifice, testimony, messianicity, fundamentalism, and secularism to the way religion is today being transformed by globalization, technoscience, andworldwide telecommunications networks.But Miracle and Machine is much more than a commentary on a single Derrida text. Through references to scores of other works by Derrida, both early and late, it also provides a unique introduction to Derrida’s work in general. It demonstrates that one of the very best ways to understand the terms,themes, claims, strategies, and motivations of Derridean deconstruction from the early 1960s through 2004 is to read critically and patiently, in its spirit and in its letter, an exemplary text such as "Faith and Knowledge." Finally, Miracle and Machine attempts to put Derrida’s ideas about religionto the test by reading alongside "Faith and Knowledge" an already classic work of American fiction that is more or less contemporaneous with it, Don DeLillo’s 1997 Underworld, a novel that explores the same relationship between faith and knowledge, religion and science, religious revelation and theWorld Wide Web, messianicity, and weapons of mass destruction in a word, in two words, miracles and machines.<br><br>Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service.<br>

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