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Read online Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origins of Culture.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origins of Culture Presented as a series of conversations Evolution i and Conversion i is a thorough discussion of the major tenets of Girard s thought .

Ren Girard is one of the most brilliant and striking intellectuals of the th century His theory on the imitative nature of desire and on the violent origin of culture has been at the centre of the philosophical and theoretical debate since the publication in of his seminal book i Violence and the Sacred i His reflection on the relationship between violence and religion is one of the most original and persuasive and given the urgency of this issue in our contemporary world demands a reappraisal .

Girard who has been hailed by Michel Serres as the Charles Darwin of human sciences is in fact one of the few thinkers in the humanities and social sciences that takes into full consideration an evolutionary perspective to explain the emergence of culture and institutions The authors draw out this aspect of his thought by foregrounding ethological anthropological and evolutionary theories .

Methodological and epistemological systematization has also been lacking in Girard s previous books and by questioning him on the issue of evidence and truth the authors provide a convincing framework for further inquiries In the last chapters Girard proposes a provocative re reading of the Biblical texts seen as the culmination of an enduring process of historical awareness of the presence and function of collective violence in our world In fact Girard s long argument is a historical spiral in which the origin of culture and archaic religion is reunited with the contemporary world by means of a reinterpretation of Christianity and its revelation of the intrinsic violent nature of the human being by René Girard, Pierpaolo Antonello

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Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origins of Culture
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Category:Philosophy, Sociology, Religion, Non fiction, Theology, Cultural
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Sacrifice, The Scapegoat, I See Satan Fall Like Lightning, Resurrection from the Underground: Feodor Dostoevsky, Deceit, Desire and the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure, The Girard Reader, A Theatre of Envy: William Shakespeare, Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origins of Culture, Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, Violence and the Sacred
First published in France in this is the first publication in English of the author s analysis of Dostoevsky s themes revealing Girard s combination of mimetic literary and religious approaches No index Annotation c by Book News Inc Portland Or, In this groundbreaking work one of our foremost literary and cultural critics turns to the major figure in English literature William Shakespeare and proposes a dramatic new reading of nearly all his plays and poems The key to A Theater of Envy is Rene Girard s novel reinterpretation of mimesis For Girard people desire objects not for their intrinsic value but because they are desired by someone else we mime or imitate their desires This envy or mimetic desire he sees as one of the foundations of the human condition br Bringing such provocative and iconoclastic insights to bear on Shakespeare Girard reveals the previously overlooked coherence of problem plays like Troilus and Cressida and makes a convincing argument for elevating A Midsummer Night s Dream from the status of a chaotic comedy to a masterpiece The book abounds with novel and provocative interpretations Shakespeare becomes a prophet of modern advertising and the threat of nuclear disaster is read in the light of Hamlet Most intriguing of all perhaps is a brief but brilliant aside in which an entirely new perspective is brought to the chapter in Joyce s Ulysses in which Stephen Dedalus gives a lecture on Shakespeare In Girard s view only Joyce perhaps the greatest of twentieth century novelists comes close to understanding the greatest of Renaissance playwrights br Throughout this impressively sustained reading of Shakespeare Girard s prose is sophisticated but contemporary and accessible to the general reader Anyone interested in literature anthropology or psychoanalysis will want to read this challenging book And all those involved in theatrical production and performance will find A Theater of Envy full of suggestive new ideas, In one volume an anthology of seminal work of one of the twentieth century s most original thinkers, 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