For René Girard

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-10
  • Publisher: Michigan State Univ Pr
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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.

Author Biography

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

Prefacep. vii
Receiving René Girard into the Académie Françaisep. 1
René et moip. 19
Great Booksp. 27
My Encounter with René Girardp. 39
My Life with Renép. 51
Detour and Sacrifice: Illich and Girardp. 57
Already from the Beginningp. 79
Literature, Myth, and Prophecy: Encountering René Girardp. 87
A Phenomenology of Redemption?p. 101
The Girard Effectp. 111
René Girard: The Architect of My Spiritual Homep. 119
Eucharisto, René Girard: Searching for a Pacifist Theologyp. 131
The Way to More Insight and Personal Freedomp. 139
Girard, Buddhism, and the Psychology of Desirep. 147
Magister Lucis: In the Light of René Girardp. 159
Breakout from the Belly of the Beastp. 169
On Paper and in Personp. 179
Drawn into Conversion: How Mimetic Theory Changed My Way of Being a Christian Theologianp. 189
For René Girard: In Appreciationp. 199
Dispatch from the Girardian Boundaryp. 211
Things Still HiddenàAnthony Bartlettp. 223
The Mimeticist Turn: Lessons from Early Girardp. 235
Sacrifice and Sexual Difference: Insights and Challenges in the Work of René Girardp. 247
"The Key of Knowledge": A Brief and Entirely Insufficient Account of a Discoveryp. 259
Mimetic Theory and Christian Theology in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 265
René Girard's Hermeneutic: Discovery and Pedagogyp. 273
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 283
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