Violence and the Sacred

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A&C Black, Apr 13, 2005 - Philosophy - 352 pages
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.

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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

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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

Contents

1 Sacrifice
1
2 The Sacrificial Crisis
41
3 Oedipus and the Surrogate Victim
72
4 The Origins of Myth and Ritual
94
5 Dionysus
127
6 From Mimetic Desire to the Monstrous Double
152
7 Freud and the Oedipus Complex
179
8 Totem and Taboo and the Incest Prohibition
204
9 LÚviStrauss Structuralism and Marriage Laws
235
10 The Gods the Dead the Sacred and Sacrificial Substitution
264
11 The Unity of All Rites
289
Conclusion
326
Bibliography
337
Index
343
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RenÚ Girard is the Andrew B. Hammond Professor Emeritus of French Language, Literature, and Civilization at Stanford University.

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