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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press (30 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611861098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611861099
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rene Girard is a member of the French Academy and Emeritus Professor at Stanford University, USA. His books have been translated and acclaimed worldwide. He received the Modern Language Association's Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement in 2008.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The clearest yet 20 Mar. 2014
By Theodore F Peters - Published on
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Girard's profound theory about human nature--mimetic rivalry and scapegoating--has been hampered over the decades by turgid almost incomprehensible writing. In this new volume, the theory comes out clearly. It's accessible. Girard offers one of the most valuable insights into human violence; and it's important that we have a text that helps us grasp it. This is it. -- Ted Peters
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Helpful, but not quite as good as "I See Satan Fall Like Lightning" 16 April 2014
By Jeremy Myers - Writing at TillHeComes - Published on
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As I continue to research and write about the violence of God in the Old Testament, a reader of my blog told me to read Girard. So I bought most of his books and am working through them in the order in which they were written.

Girard's writing ability only seems to improve over time. Of the books by Girard, this one is the most readable. However, as this book is basically just a collection of essays and interview transcripts, I do not think that this book is the most helpful for a reader who wants to understand Girard's mimetic theory. For that, I highly recommend "I See Satan Fall Like Lightning."

I did, however, greatly appreciate Girard's clarification and correction of his earlier idea that the death of Jesus is not to be understood as a sacrifice. I had great problems with that idea from Girard's earlier books, and I am glad to see that he has backtracked. How refreshing for an author to come out and say, "I was wrong... Here's why!"

This book also includes a good summary essay of mimetic theory and theology, but again, to properly understand mimetic theory, I recommend "I See Satan ..."
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a good book. 30 Dec. 2014
By Femerepi - Published on
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As always Girard never fails to surprise and educate. This is a good book.
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