2021-03Thematic Section
Number(s) of Future(s), Number(s) of Faith(s): Call it a Day for Religion


Encrypted in Derrida’s contribution to the Capri Seminar on Religion in 1994 are three retrievals: of his discussions of speech and of systems of inscription; of a concealment of splittings in the supposed continuities of traditions; and of a complicity between the operations of religion and those of a dissipation of the unities of science, Enlightenment, and knowledge, into proliferating autotelic tele-technologies. These retrievals take place between the lines of this discussion of faith, knowledge and religion, which arrives in two halves, each in twenty-six sections. The first half arrives in italics, as spoken on the day, and ends by invoking Voltaire on toleration and a contrast between Christianity as Institution and Christianity as the legacy of Jesus and the Apostles. The second half, appended as a written supplement, with footnotes, is signed and dated April 26, 1995. Husserl’s epoche arrives as recurrent performance, challenging the unity of Heidegger’s Ereignis; contrasting modes for the arrival of futurity are invoked in a juxtaposition of the names: Kant, Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, and Bergson, thus providing more than two sources for Derrida’s meditations on religion.


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How to cite:

Hodge, Joanna. “Number(s) of Future(s), Number(s) of Faith(s): Call it a Day for Religion.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 5, no. 3 (2021):  64-81. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2021.0028.


Joanna Hodge
Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
All Saints Building, Manchester, M15 6BH, UK


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