The religion (without religion) of the living (without life): re-reading Derrida’s “Faith and Knowledge”

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Abstract

This article offers a reading of Jacques Derrida’s account of “religion” and “life” in his seminal essay “Faith and Knowledge.” Applying Derrida’s aporetic structure of “X without X” to his remarks on religion and life in “Faith and Knowledge,” this article suggests that underlying Derrida’s endeavour to “think religion abstractly” is a radical re-conception not only of religion as “religion without religion” but moreover a re-imagination of life as “life without life” that breaks away from the traditional metaphysical understandings of life and religion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-49
JournalEidos: A Journal for Philosophy of Culture
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Derrida
  • Religion
  • Life
  • Survival
  • Abstraction
  • Faith and Knowledge

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