Violence and the sacred

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Johns Hopkins University Press, Jan 1, 1979 - Social Science - 333 pages
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"His fascinating and ambitious book provides a fully developed theory of violence as the 'heart and secret soul' of the sacred. Girard's fertile, combative mind links myth to prophetic writing, primitive religions to classical tragedy."--Victor Brombert, Chronicle of Higher Education.

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User Review  - Phillip - Goodreads

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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User Review  - Luke Echo - Goodreads

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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Rene Girard is Professor Emeritus of French at Stanford University. He is the author of many books, including" Violence and the Sacred "(1977)," The Scapegoat "(1986)," Job: The Victim of His People "(Stanford, 1987)," Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World "(Stanford, 1987), and" I See Satan Fall Like Lightning "(2001).

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