David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Psychology 7 (3):291 – 305 (1994)
This essay provides a conceptual analysis and reconstruction of the notion of mimetic desire, first proposed in Girard (1961). The basic idea behind the idea of mimetic desire is that imitation can play a key role in human motivational processes. Yet mimetic desire is distinguished from related notions such as social modelling and imitation. In episodes of mimetic desire, the process in which the imitative agent's desires are formed is oriented by a particular species of belief about the model or mediator whose desire is copied. These 'tutelary beliefs' essential to mimetic desire are distinguished from the 'thin' and purely instrumental beliefs about the model central to Bandura's (1986) social cognitive theory and similar models of observational learning. The problem of the identity of the objects of desire in episodes of social modelling motivates a distinction between internal and external forms of interpersonal mediation. Girard's claims about cognitive constraints associated with mimetic desire are examined, and scenarios of reciprocal mimetic modelling are analysed.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Philip Pettit & Michael Smith (1990). Backgrounding Desire. Philosophical Review 99 (4):565-592.
Neil Ormerod (2013). Desire and the Origins of Culture: Lonergan and Girard in Conversation. Heythrop Journal 54 (5):784-795.
Paolo Diego Bubbio (2005). Mimetic Theory and Hermeneutics. Colloquy 9:16-28.
Gene Fendt (2010). Plato's Mimetic Art. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 84:239-252.
Steven Arkonovich (2012). Conflicts of Desire. Journal of Value Inquiry 46 (1):51-63.
David Wall (2012). A Moorean Paradox of Desire. Philosophical Explorations 15 (1):63-84.
Marie Cabaud Meaney (2010). Simone Weil and René Girard. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 84 (3):565-587.
Chase Wrenn (2010). A Puzzle About Desire. Erkenntnis 73 (2):185-209.
Sherwood Belangia (2011). Metaphysical Desire in Girard and Plato. Comparative and Continental Philosophy 2 (2):197-209.
Added to index2009-03-08
Total downloads24 ( #85,938 of 1,692,923 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #47,646 of 1,692,923 )
How can I increase my downloads?