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In his explorations of the relations between the sacred and violence, Ren Girard has hit upon the origin of culture - the way culture began, the way it continues to organize itself. The way communities of human beings structure themselves in a manner that is different from that of other species on the planet. Like Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, mile Durkheim, Martin Buber, or others who have changed the way we think in the humanities or in the human sciences, Girard has put forth a set of ideas that have altered our perceptions of the world in which we function. We will never be able to think the same way again about mimetic desire, about the scapegoat mechanism, and about the role of Jewish and Christian scripture in explaining sacrifice, violence, and the crises from which our culture has been born. The contributions fall into roughly four areas of interpretive work: religion and religious study; literary study; the philosophy of social science; and psychological studies. The essays presented here are offered as "essays" in the older French sense of attempts (essayer) or trials of ideas, as indeed Girard has tried out ideas with us. With a conscious echo of Montaigne, then, this hommage volume is titled Essays in Friendship and in Truth.
Sandor Goodhart is associate professor of English and director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Classics at Purdue University. He is the author of Sacrificing Commentary: Reading the End of Literature. Jrgen Jrgensen edited the two-volume collection of Girard translated in Danish Voldens verden-Verdens vold, as well as a collection of essays on Girard titled Syndens sold. Tom Ryba is Notre Dame Theologian-in-Residence at the Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue University. He is author of The Essence of Phenomenology and Its Meaning for the Scientific Study of Religion. James G. Williams is an emeritus professor of religion, Syracuse University, as well as the author of The Bible, Violence, and the Sacred and editor of The Girard Reader.
Table of Contents
|Receiving René Girard into the Académie Française||p. 1|
|René et moi||p. 19|
|Great Books||p. 27|
|My Encounter with René Girard||p. 39|
|My Life with René||p. 51|
|Detour and Sacrifice: Illich and Girard||p. 57|
|Already from the Beginning||p. 79|
|Literature, Myth, and Prophecy: Encountering René Girard||p. 87|
|A Phenomenology of Redemption?||p. 101|
|The Girard Effect||p. 111|
|René Girard: The Architect of My Spiritual Home||p. 119|
|Eucharisto, René Girard: Searching for a Pacifist Theology||p. 131|
|The Way to More Insight and Personal Freedom||p. 139|
|Girard, Buddhism, and the Psychology of Desire||p. 147|
|Magister Lucis: In the Light of René Girard||p. 159|
|Breakout from the Belly of the Beast||p. 169|
|On Paper and in Person||p. 179|
|Drawn into Conversion: How Mimetic Theory Changed My Way of Being a Christian Theologian||p. 189|
|For René Girard: In Appreciation||p. 199|
|Dispatch from the Girardian Boundary||p. 211|
|Things Still HiddenàAnthony Bartlett||p. 223|
|The Mimeticist Turn: Lessons from Early Girard||p. 235|
|Sacrifice and Sexual Difference: Insights and Challenges in the Work of René Girard||p. 247|
|"The Key of Knowledge": A Brief and Entirely Insufficient Account of a Discovery||p. 259|
|Mimetic Theory and Christian Theology in the Twenty-first Century||p. 265|
|René Girard's Hermeneutic: Discovery and Pedagogy||p. 273|
|About the Editors and Contributors||p. 283|
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