Géométries du désir

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L'Herne, 2011 - Desire - 219 pages
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Le cheminement du désir n'est point rectiligne. Il emprunte des tangentes, il esquisse des triangles, il s'enfonce dans des cercles vicieux. La coquette, le masochiste, le Don Juan, le voyeur, tous se laissent entraîner dans un ballet fascinant dont la chorégraphie leur échappe. Les relations intersubjectives tendent toujours vers un modèle fixe et géométrique. (...). L'érotisme est désormais un combat entre des Moi égaux et identiques. Il n'est pas un adolescent qui ne soit convaincu que le fait d'être "unique" empêche son union harmonieuse avec une partenaire tout aussi unique. Il est pourtant clair que chacun est une copie conforme des autres.

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René Girard was born on December 25, 1923 in Avignon, France. He received an advanced degree in medieval studies at the École Nationale des Chartes in 1947 and a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University in 1950. He taught French language and literature at Indiana University, Duke University, Bryn Mawr College, Johns Hopkins University, and the State University at Buffalo. He taught at Stanford University from 1981 until his retirement in 1995. His explorations of literature and myth helped establish influential theories about how people are motivated to want things. His first book, Deceit, Desire, and the Novel, was published in French in 1961 and in English in 1965. His other works included Violence and the Sacred and Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Modern Language Association in 2009 and the Order of Isabella the Catholic from the king of Spain for his work in philosophy and anthropology in 2013. He died on November 4, 2015 at the age of 91.

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