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Read online Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World An astonishing work of cultural criticism this book is widely recognized as a brilliant and devastating challenge to conventional views of literature anthropology religion and psychoanalysis In its scope and itnerest it can be compared with Freud s i Totem and Taboo i the subtext Girard refutes with polemic daring vast erudition and a persuasiveness that leaves the reader compelled to respond one way or another .

This is the single fullest summation of Girard s ideas to date the book by which they will stand or fall In a dialogue with two psychiatrists Jean Michel Oughourlian and Guy Lefort Girard probes an encyclopedic array of topics ranging across the entire spectrum of anthropology psychoanalysis and cultural production .

Girard s point of departure is what he calles mimesis the conflict that arises when human rivals compete to differentiate themselves from each other yet succeed only in becoming more and more alike At certain points in the life of a society according to Girard this mimetic conflict erupts into a crisis in which all difference dissolves in indiscriminate violence In primitive societies such crises were resolved by the scapegoating mechanism in which the community en masse turned on an unpremeditated victim The repression of this collective murder and its repetition in ritual sacrifice then formed the foundations of both religion and the restored social order .

How does Christianity at once the most sacrificial of religions and a faith with a non violent ideology fit into this scheme Girard grants Freud s point in i Totem and Taboo i that Christianity is similar to primitive religion but only to refute Freud if Christ is sacrificed Girard argues it is not becuase God willed it but because human beings i wanted i it .

The book is not merely or perhaps not mainly biblical exegesis for within its scope fall some of the most vexing problems of social history the paradox that violance has social efficacy the function of the scapegoat the mechanism of anti semitism by René Girard, Stephen Bann, Michael Metteer

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Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World
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The Scapegoat, A Theatre of Envy: William Shakespeare, Violence and the Sacred, Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, Resurrection from the Underground: Feodor Dostoevsky, Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origins of Culture, Sacrifice, I See Satan Fall Like Lightning, Deceit, Desire and the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure, The Girard Reader
Presented as a series of conversations Evolution i and Conversion i is a thorough discussion of the major tenets of Girard s thought br br 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 br br 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 br br 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, 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, This study extends beyond the scope of literature into the psychology of much of our contemporary scene including fashion advertising and propaganda techniques In considering such aspects the author goes beyond the domain of pure aesthetics and offers an interpretation of some basic cultural problems of our time, In one volume an anthology of seminal work of one of the twentieth century s most original thinkers