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- DescriptionMiracle and Machine is a sort of GCGBPreaderGCOs guideGC[yen] to Jacques DerridaGCOs 1994GCo95 essay GCGBPfaith and kwledge,GC[yen] 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 for understanding DerridaGCOs 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, and the media. Along the way it offers in-depth analysis of DerridaGCOs 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, techscience, and worldwide 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 DerridaGCOs 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 GCGBPFaith and Kwledge.GC[yen] Finally, Miracle and Machine attempts to put DerridaGCOs ideas about religion to the test by reading alongside GCGBPFaith and KwledgeGC[yen] an already classic work of American fiction that is more or less contemporaneous with it, Don DeLilloGCOs 1997 Underworld, a vel that explores the same relationship between faith and kwledge, religion and science, religious revelation and the World Wide Web, messianicity, and weapons of mass destructionGCoin a word, in two words, miracles and machines.
- Author BiographyMichael Naas is Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. His most recent books include Taking on the Tradition: Jacques Derrida and the Legacies of Deconstruction and Derrida from Now On (Fordham).
- Author(s)Michael Naas
- PublisherFordham University Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2012
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Series TitlePerspectives in Continental Philosophy
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFordham University Press
- Weight565 g
- Width5830 mm
- Height3895 mm
- Spine28 mm
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