By Wolfgang Palaver

A systematic creation into the mimetic thought of the French-American literary theorist and philosophical anthropologist René Girard, this crucial textual content explains its 3 major pillars (mimetic wish, the scapegoat mechanism, and the Biblical “difference”) with assistance from examples from literature and philosophy. This booklet additionally bargains an summary of René Girard’s lifestyles and paintings, displaying how a lot mimetic idea effects from existential and non secular insights into one’s personal mimetic entanglements. in addition it examines the wider implications of Girard’s theories, from the mimetic point of sovereignty and wars to the connection among the scapegoat mechanism and the query of capital punishment. Mimetic conception is put in the context of present cultural and political debates just like the dating among faith and modernity, terrorism, the loss of life penalty, and gender matters. Drawing textual examples from eu literature (Cervantes, Shakespeare, Goethe, Kleist, Stendhal, hurricane, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Proust) and philosophy (Plato, Camus, Sartre, Lévi-Strauss, Derrida, Vattimo), Palaver makes use of mimetic concept to discover the subjects they current. A hugely available ebook, this article is complemented by means of bibliographical references to Girard’s common paintings and secondary literature on mimetic concept and its functions, comprising a important bibliographical archive that gives the reader with an outline of the advance and dialogue of mimetic idea till the current day.

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