Violence and the Sacred

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Bloomsbury Academic, Apr 13, 2005 - Philosophy - 352 pages
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René Girard (1923-) was Professor of French Language, Literature and Civilization at Stanford Unviersity from 1981 until his retirement in 1995.

Violence and the Sacred is Girard's brilliant study of human evil. Girard explores violence as it is represented and occurs throughout history, literature and myth. Girard's forceful and thought-provoking analyses of Biblical narrative, Greek tragedy and the lynchings and pogroms propagated by contemporary states illustrate his central argument that violence belongs to everyone and is at the heart of the sacred.

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Original Review: I read two of the sections from this book for a class. I would like to read the rst of i someday, because Girard has some very interesting ideas about the role of violence in the ... Read full review

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Girards idea of Mimetic Violence has a certain appeal, and his positivistic reading of sacrifice and religion was quite convincing. Read full review

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René Girard is the Andrew B. Hammond Professor Emeritus of French Language, Literature, and Civilization at Stanford University.

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