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Evolution and Conversion: Dialogues on the Origins of Culture

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Evolution and Conversion explores the main tenets of Rene Girard's thought in a series of dialogues. Here, Girard reflects on the evolution of his thought and offers striking new insights on topics such as violence, religion, desire and literature. His long argument is a historical one in which the origin of culture and religion is reunited in the contemporary world by means of a reinterpretation of Christianity and an understanding of the intrinsically violent nature of human beings. He also offers provocative re-readings of Biblical and literary texts and responds to statements by Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins. Including an introduction by the authors, this is a revealing text by one of the most original thinkers of our time.

Author: Girard Rene
Pages: 202
ISBN: 9781350018235
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2017




Introduction: 'One long argument from the beginning to the end'

Pierpaolo Antonello and Joao Cezar Castro Rocha

1 The Life of the Mind

2 'A Theory by Which to Work': The Mimetic Mechanism

3 The Symbolic Species

4 Dialogues and Criticism: From Frazer to Levi-Strauss

5 Method, Evidence and Truth

6 The Scandal of Christianity

7 Modernity, Postmodernity and Beyond

Chronology of Girard's Life

List of Girard's Publications


Rene Girard was the Andrew B. Hammond Professor Emeritus of French Language, Literature, and Civilization at Stanford University, USA.

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