Violence and the Sacred
RenÚ Girard (1923-) was Professor of French Language, Literature and Civilization at Stanford Unviersity from 1981 until his retirement in 1995.
Violence and the Sacred is Girard's brilliant study of human evil. Girard explores violence as it is represented and occurs throughout history, literature and myth. Girard's forceful and thought-provoking analyses of Biblical narrative, Greek tragedy and the lynchings and pogroms propagated by contemporary states illustrate his central argument that violence belongs to everyone and is at the heart of the sacred.
Translated by Patrick Gregory>
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PhilipJHunt - LibraryThing
Hard to read. Impossible to forget. Reality changing. A whole new way to understand humanity. Everyone should read it and the world may change for the better. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gmicksmith - LibraryThing
Girard's thesis is that violence is at the heart of the sacred, that violence belongs to all, and no one. Sacrifice restores order to society as the end of religious practice. This is an important and ... Read full review
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