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    A Hypothesis on the Origin of Trade: The Exchange of Lives for Sacrifice and Sex.Pablo Díaz-Morlán - 2022 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 29 (1):165-187.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:A Hypothesis on the Origin of TradeThe Exchange of Lives for Sacrifice and SexPablo Díaz-Morlán (bio)introductionThe primary objective of this study is to propose a hypothesis regarding the origin of trade that will help to solve the enigma of why human groups, normally each other's enemies, stopped exchanging blows in order to exchange things. The complexity of this crucial step forward in the relationships between hostile primitive groups can (...)
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    The Philosophic Foundations of Mimetic Theory and Cognitive Science: (Including Artificial Intelligence).Jean-Pierre Dupuy - 2022 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 29 (1):1-13.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:The Philosophic Foundations of Mimetic Theory and Cognitive Science(Including Artificial Intelligence)Jean-Pierre Dupuy (bio)In the mid 1970s I discovered at the same time cognitive science and mimetic theory. Being a philosopher with a scientific background, I immediately brought them together and tried to reconceptualize the latter in terms of the former. In a sense, I haven't stopped doing that in the last 45 years. That is why I feel fully (...)
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    The Denial of Peter: René Girard, Mimetic Desire, and Conversion.William E. Cain - 2022 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 29 (1):101-121.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:The Denial of PeterRené Girard, Mimetic Desire, and ConversionWilliam E. Cain (bio)Man is the creature who does not know what to desire, and he turns to others in order to make up his mind. We desire what others desire because we imitate their desires.—René GirardI believe in commitment … We must be committed to one position and follow it through.—René GirardIn many books and essays throughout his long career, (...)
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    Killing Our Way Out of Violence: Engaging Wrangham's The Goodness Paradox.Chris Haw & Richard Wrangham - 2022 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 29 (1):63-99.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Killing Our Way Out of ViolenceEngaging Wrangham's The Goodness ParadoxChris Haw (bio) and Richard Wrangham (bio)Wrangham's Goodness Paradox (GP) offers excellent anthropological research for mimetic theorists interested in the questions of human evolution and violence. It theorizes a framework of how group killing played a selective function in the emergence of our species, but it leaves open plenty of questions and concerns for productive, critical dialogue. Wolfgang Palaver has (...)
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    The Reception of René Girard's Works in China.Xianghui Liao - 2022 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 29 (1):217-250.
    René Girard is a French historian, literary critic, and philosopher of social science. He is the author of nearly 30 books, which have influenced disciplines such as literary criticism, critical theory, anthropology, theology, psychology, mythology, sociology, economics, cultural studies, and philosophy. He is well known for his contribution of mimetic theory and scapegoat theory. As Palaver writes, Girard accords with the major thinkers of Classical Antiquity, such as Plato and Aristotle, for whom mimesis plays an important role in several different (...)
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    Theory of the Apophantic Judgment According to René Girard.Desiderio Parrilla Martínez - 2022 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 29 (1):147-164.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Theory of the Apophantic Judgment According to René GirardDesiderio Parrilla Martínez (bio)introduction: criticism of judgment in rené girardIn his essay "Belief (Cultural Memory in the Present)" ("Credere di credere") Gianni Vattimo stated the conditions of possibility of a "weak and post-metaphysical Christianity" founded in René Girard´s victimary hypothesis.1 According to Vattimo, mimetic theory allows abandoning traditional metaphysics and the classical theory of truth, based on the judgment. In later (...)
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    Faulkner's Novels Past and Present.Andrew J. McKenna - 2022 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 29 (1):39-61.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Faulkner's Novels Past and PresentAndrew J. McKenna (bio)This article contains instances of the N-word. The Editor, Michigan State University Press, and Michigan State University do not condone the use of this word and only after careful consideration have we reprinted it. In this case, the word appears in the context of works by Faulkner.When I first came East I kept thinking You've got to remember to think of some (...)
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    Collective Violence and Birthday Parties: A Girardian Analysis of the Piñata.Dominic Pigneri - 2022 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 29 (1):209-216.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Collective Violence and Birthday PartiesA Girardian Analysis of the PiñataDominic Pigneri (bio)The piñata is a tradition most commonly associated with Latin America, but this party game has a mysterious origin. Some suppose that the origin of the practice was brought to the Americas by the Spanish, who received the custom from the Italians.1 Some say that the Italians, through Marco Polo, appropriated the ritual from the Chinese.2 Others see (...)
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    The Touching Test: AI and the Future of Human Intimacy.Martha J. Reineke - 2022 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 29 (1):123-146.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:The Touching TestAI and the Future of Human IntimacyMartha J. Reineke (bio)Each Friday, the New York Times publishes Love Letters, a compendium of articles on courtship. A recent story featured Melinda, a real estate agent, and Calvin, a human resources director.1 They had met at a market deli counter. On their first date, a lasagna dinner at Melinda's home, Calvin posed the question, "What are you looking for in (...)
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    Mensonge Mélodramatique: Triangular Desire in Sense and Sensibility.Matthew Taylor - 2022 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 29 (1):189-207.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Mensonge MélodramatiqueTriangular Desire in Sense and SensibilityMatthew Taylor (bio)The Passions are perfectly unknown to her; she rejects even a speaking acquaintance with that stormy Sisterhood; even to the Feelings she vouchsafes no more than an occasional graceful but distant recognition; too frequent converse with them would ruffle the smooth elegance of her progress. Her business is not half so much with the human heart as with the human eyes, (...)
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    Cancel Culture and the Trope of the Scapegoat: A Girardian Defense of the Importance of Contemplative Reading.Joakim Wrethed - 2022 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 29 (1):15-37.
    In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content:Cancel Culture and the Trope of the ScapegoatA Girardian Defense of the Importance of Contemplative ReadingJoakim Wrethed (bio)What unfolds in this article encompasses violence, language/reading, and ethics. René Girard addresses these topics primarily in terms of mimesis, its potential violence, and the trope of the scapegoat. Still, toward the end of his career and life, he relentlessly pointed out the dangers implicated in the dynamism of these forces. He (...)
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