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    Girard and the "Sacrifice of the Mass": Mimetic Theory and Eucharistic Theology.S. J. Anthony R. Lusvardi - 2017 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 24:159-190.
    It is obvious that bringing to light the founding murder completely rules out any compromise with the principle of sacrifice, or indeed with any conception of the death of Jesus as sacrifice.If anyone says that a true and proper sacrifice is not offered to God in the Mass … let him be anathema.René Girard's thought has produced both admiration and unease among Catholic sacramental theologians struggling to come to grips with what his theory of scapegoating and sacrifice implies for "the (...)
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    After Sacrifice Ontology: The Shared Revelatory Dynamic of Heidegger and Girard.Anthony W. Bartlett - 2017 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 24:119-138.
    In a relatively little-known interview, conducted by Thomas Bertonneau, Girard remarks that with Heidegger there is an aspect he "would almost call a worship of the old sacred," something that struck him as "pretty scary … sinister." But, almost in the same breath, Girard continues, "And yet there can be no doubt that Heidegger is a genius."1This doubled attitude to Heidegger, where on the one side the German philosopher is basically a hostile relic of the archaic sacred, and on the (...)
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    Introduction to "Toward a Triangular Aesthetics".Eric Gans - 2017 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 24:1-3.
    Rereading this piece written over forty years ago recalls for me the revelatory effect of La violence et le sacré when it appeared in 1972. From Mensonge romantique's theory of desire designed for the novel and its place in the moral history of the modern West—a point too often neglected by those who read it as an across-the-board description of human desire—René Girard waited a full eleven years before producing this seminal work, which proposed a radically new fundamental anthropology.My response (...)
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    Toward a Triangular Aesthetics.Eric Gans & Trevor Cribben Merrill - 2017 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 24:5-21.
    In 1960, in "The Problem of Method," which serves as the introduction not only to Critique of Dialectical Reason but to all of his recent work, Sartre enrolls himself solemnly under the banner of Marxism, which he considers the unsurpassable philosophy of our era. Today, a dozen years later, the Sartrean position has become open to challenge, it is true, because its deconstruction is underway, but it has not yet been dismissed as absurd. Existentialism, by immolating itself on the altar (...)
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    Human Evolution and the Single Victim Mechanism: Locating Girard's Hominization Hypothesis Through Literature Survey.Chris Haw - 2017 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 24:191-216.
    René Girard's interdisciplinary theory of human culture, its origins, and its evolution, constitutes one of the more ambitious theories available in scholarship, with manifold applications in the humanities, interdisciplinarians, the human sciences, and peace studies scholars.1 I will not rehearse that theory here but briefly recall that he has argued: that pre-cognitive imitation is a key factor driving human behavior and gives rise to numerous benefits and problems, and that early human mimetic capacity coevolved with and through "the victimage mechanism"—i.e., (...)
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    Acquisitive Imitation and the Gift-Economy: Escaping Reciprocity in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.Hren Joshua - 2017 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 24:217-231.
    Thirteen dwarves and a wizard invade the quiet abode of Bilbo Baggins in an effort to recruit him for an expedition, the purported purpose of which is to recover stolen treasure and exact vengeance on Smaug the dragon, the robber who had cruelly killed a large portion of Thorin's family and friends. Although most readers and critics approach J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit as a children's story, an unserious dress-rehearsal-sketch of The Lord of the Rings at best, and in (...)
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    Çatalhöyük, Archaeology, Violence.J. Knüsel Christopher & Glencross Bonnie - 2017 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 24:23-36.
    In 2011, Steven Pinker published The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,1 arguing we are the beneficiaries of the "long peace." The problem with invoking long periods of peace is that they are often fleetingly ephemeral and can rapidly turn to hostility. The very year the book was published marked the beginning of the Arab Uprisings, unforeseen and unplanned for, apparently without historical precedent or analogy. The spiraling violence and polarization, as well as the accompanying refugee crisis (...)
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    Rescuing Rhetoric: Kenneth Burke, René Girard, and Forms of Conversion.Paul Lynch - 2017 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 24:139-158.
    Language is the surest indicator of the being with.In Things Hidden since the Foundation of the World, René Girard insists that contemporary theories of language cannot fully account for mimetic desire, which is rooted far deeper in human anthropology. Girard writes, "the mimetic process, without being foreign to language, is prior to language and goes beyond it in every respect."1 While Bateson's "double bind" might be repur-posed to explain the mimetic problem, the problem itself unfolds independent of any system of (...)
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    Mimesis, Ritual Sacrifice, and Ceremony of Proskynesis.Martínez Desiderio Parrilla - 2017 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 24:57-72.
    The aim of this work is to analyze a political concept derived from a religious myth. I will analyze both by means of the genealogical method of the mimetic violence because this genealogical method looks for the origin of concepts and myths within the human culture. Its basic assumption goes like this: the mimetic sacrifice causes the ritual sacrifice, and the ritual sacrifice causes in its turn the myth and the prohibitions. The political concept, derived from the mimetic violence, is (...)
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    War and Politics: Clausewitz and Schmitt in the Light of Girard's Mimetic Theory.Wolfgang Palaver & Gabriel Borrud - 2017 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 24:101-117.
    My thoughts on the relationship between war and politics will follow three distinct steps. First off, in an exposition of the Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz and German political philosopher Carl Schmitt, I will attempt to illustrate that politics, as such, is rooted in war and that the latter can never be understood as a mere instrument of the former. A second step will highlight, using above all Schmitt, traditional manifestations of the religious containment of war, with particular emphasis (...)
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    Contemplative Practice and the Therapy of Mimetic Desire.Brian D. Robinette - 2017 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 24:73-100.
    I would like to begin this essay by sharing an intuition. It is an intuition requiring much fuller development, but I see myself making a modest contribution to it here—and that is the prospect of integrating mimetic theory with Christian contemplative practice. Such integration would, I imagine, be the beginning of something very ancient and very new.I am aware of some promising developments in this direction,1 but my conviction is that its potential is barely tapped. It would probably be too (...)
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    Mimetic Euphemism and Mythology: Group Therapy, Scapegoating, and the Displacement of Disquiet.Bruce A. Stevens & Scott Cowdell - 2017 - Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 24:37-56.
    Mimetic theory draws support from diverse disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. But arguably Girard would have even more influence if his theory had stronger life data, and one field well positioned to provide such input is psychology. Girard distinguished his thinking from Freud, while critiquing the psychoanalytic tradition more generally, in Book III of Things Hidden since the Foundation of the World1—a work taking the form of an extended dialogue with two psychiatrists. One of these, Jean-Michel Oughourlian, has (...)
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