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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
Publisher: BLOOMSBURY
Pages: 202
ISBN: 9781350018235
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2017

Contents

Acknowledgements

Foreword

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

Index

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

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