Conversations, VOLUME 8

Rene Girard – Introductory Guide to his Work.

Rene-Girard

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Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

Arguably, Girard’s most important work, this book explores how mimetic theory gets worked out in real human societies, not just in literature, as Girard had explored in earlier books.

 

At certain points in the life of a society, according to Girard, this mimetic conflict erupts into a crisis in which all difference dissolves in indiscriminate violence. In primitive societies, such crises were resolved by the “scapegoating mechanism,” in which the community, en masse, turned on an unpremeditated victim. The repression of this collective murder and its repetition in ritual sacrifice then formed the foundations of both religion and the restored social order.

 

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  1. Thanks for this intro to the work of Rene Girard. The video is fascinating. Well worth the time.