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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 resembling Kant, Levinas, and Gershom Scholem, and include items spanning Derrida's profession. the gathering contains new essays by means of Derrida that seem right here for the 1st time in any language, in addition to a considerable creation through Gil Anidjar that explores Derrida's go back to his personal "religious" origins and his makes an attempt to carry to gentle hidden spiritual dimensions of the social, cultural, old, and political.

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Actually or virtually universalizable, ultra-internationalizable, incarnated by new 'corporations' that are increasingly independent of the powers of states (democratic or not, it makes little difference at bottom, all of that has to be reconsidered, like the "globalatinity" of international law in its current state, which is to say, on the threshold of a process of accelerated and unpredictable transformation ) . FA I T H A N D KN O W L E D G E propriete> (that is, unscathed, safe, sacred, holy, heilig)?

T is jU tice, whi h I di�tinguish from right, alone allows the hope, beyond all , , messtamsms, of a umversaltzable culture of singularities, a culture in which the bst ac possibility of the impossible translation could nevertheless be announced. This Ju tlce mscribes itself in advance in the promise, in the act offaith or in the appeal to alth that inhabits every act of language and every address to the other. The universal­ ab e cu ure of th s faith, and not of another or before all others, alone permits a , " 0+ ratIOnal and umversal discourse on the subiect ' messlamclty, J '} "religion " Th IS �� � : � � � � � � � �� � �� � � • � 1 , See "Khora," in Derrida, On the Name, and Specters ofMarx, trans, Peggy Kamuf ( New York an d on: Routledge, 1 994) and "Force of law," in this volume, Lon 57 stripped of everything, as it should, this faith without dogma which makes its way through the risks of absolute night, cannot be contained in any traditional opposition, for example that between reason and mysticism.

Today, like the sublimity of the starry heavens at the bottom of our hearts, the "cederomized" "cyberspaced" religion also entails the accelerated and hypercapitalized relaunching of founding spectres. On CD-ROM, heavenly trajectories of satellites, jet, TV, e-mail or Internet net­ works. Actually or virtually universalizable, ultra-internationalizable, incarnated by new 'corporations' that are increasingly independent of the powers of states (democratic or not, it makes little difference at bottom, all of that has to be reconsidered, like the "globalatinity" of international law in its current state, which is to say, on the threshold of a process of accelerated and unpredictable transformation ) .

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