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The Girard Reader

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In one volume, an anthology of seminal work of one of the twentieth century's most original thinkers.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by The Crossroad Publishing Company
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Andrew Marr
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the main, René Girard's own books are not the best introductions to his thought as his writing can be a bit dense and difficult. This collection of key chapters and important essays, especially the essay on Scandal the defines what Satan really means in the Bible, is the best entree into Girard's writing for someone beginning to explore his thought. For more of my reflections on Girard's thought see my blog at http://bit.ly/Tqbeqw
Jeff
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Life changing. Girard's unified theory of human nature explains so many life experiences. Also, Girard's reinterpretation of Jesus' death is super interesting (I'm still contemplating if I agree, but I'm glad to have a new set of ideas to consider).
Ben McFarland
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finally decided to read Rene Girard, and all I can fit into a one paragraph review are statements, so let’s just make them bullet points:

Girard thinks like Darwin. I don’t mean that he’s as important a thinker as Darwin was, but that he has a simple but effective mechanism that may tie the social level together the same way Darwin’s mechanism tied together biology. Girard’s scapegoat mechanism functions like Darwin’s variation + selection. (One could argue both are Malthusian.)

It’s highly si
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Theresa
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating study of scapegoating and of sacrifice in ancient religious history, in the Hebrew Scriptures, and in Christian theology. As a literary critic, Girard's familiarity with literary masterpieces and the functioning of language in society enables him to give specific illustrations of his theory being played out. I was especially struck by the analogy of the Hebrew story of Joseph and his brothers to the story of Jesus in the New Testament as regards the idea of substitution for offenses. ...more
Blayze Hembree
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theory
girard's fascinating concept of mimetic violence of individual or collective behavior, stems from his critique on nietizche's anti-christian and pro-dionysian (pagan ritual) concept and freud's oedipal complex theory, and through these critiques he shapes a new foundation for mimetic desire before the birth of Christ, which is visible in Hebrew Scripture (beginning with cain). he exemplifies how Christ was the ending of such violence because he chose to not take part in it, but absorb all violen ...more
Jay
Apr 11, 2013 added it
I gave up. Kind of heavy going for me.
Aaron Ventura
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Girard was a brilliant anthropologist but a terrible theologian. I enjoyed the sections on mimetic theory, myth, and Freud but the chapters on Christ and the gospels are cringeworthy.
Jason
Jan 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. I'll have to stick this in the hopper and let it rattle around for a while before I know what I think of it.
Anthony Francavilla
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great general over view of Girard's theories. Well worth reading, especially if you only have time for one of his books.
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René Girard is a French-born American historian, literary critic, and philosopher of social science whose work belongs to the tradition of anthropological philosophy.

He was born in the southern French city of Avignon on Christmas day in 1923. Between 1943 and 1947, he studied in Paris at the École des Chartres, an institution for the training of archivists and historians, where he specialized in m
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“Nietzsche is a marvelous antidote to all fundamentally anti-Biblical efforts to turn mythology into a kind of Bible, and that is the project of the Jungians of this world, or to boil the Bible down to myth, and that is the project of more or less everyone else” 3 likes
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