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Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World : Bloomsbury Revelations - Rene Girard

Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

Bloomsbury Revelations

By: Rene Girard, Stephen Bann (Translator), Michael Metteer (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st February 2016
ISBN: 9781474268431
Number Of Pages: 464

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Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World presents a highly original global theory of culture. Here, in his greatest work, Ren. Girard explores the function of violence, mimetic desire and the mechanism of the scapegoat, in the history of society and religion. Girard's vision is a brilliant and devastating challenge to conventional views of literature, anthropology, philosophy and psychoanalysis.

About the Author

Rene Girard (1923-) was Andrew B. Hammond Professor Emeritus of French Language, Literature, and Civilization at Stanford University, USA, from 1981 to his retirement in 1995. A historian, literary critic and philosopher, he is the author of over 30 books including Violence and the Sacred.

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Rene Girard's work is both a rationally articulated study and a prophetic vision of the hidden origins of culture and the nature of cultural processes. In its enormous, breathtaking scope it suggests the projects of those nineteenth century intellectual giants (Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud) who still cast long shadows today. By contrast, contemporary criticism seems paltry and faint-hearted. * Comparative Literature *
[A] highly readable talent for analyzing and deconstructing myth... original and provocative. * Sunday Times *
One of the most striking theories of human culture ever presented. * Christianity and Literature *


Chapter 1: The Victimage Mechanism as the Basis of Religion
Acquisitive Mimesis and Mimetic Rivalry; The Function of the Law: Prohibiting Imitation; The Function of Ritual: Imperative Mimesis; Sacrifice and the Victimage Mechanism; The Theory of Religion

Chapter 2: The Development of Culture and Institutions
Variants in Ritual; Sacred Kingship and Central Power; The Polyvalence of Ritual and the Specificity of Institutions; The Domestication of Animals and Ritual Hunting; Sexual Prohibitions and the Principle of Exchange; Death and Funeral Rites

Chapter 3: The Process of Hominization
Posing the Problem; Ethology and Ethnology; The Victimage Mechanism and Hominization; The Transcendental Signifier

Chapter 4: Myth: The Invisibility of the Founding Murder
The 'Radical Elimination'; 'Negative Connotation', 'Positive Connotation'; Physical Signs of the Surrogate Victim

Chapter 5: Texts of Persecution
Persecution Demystified: The Achievement of the Modern and Western World; The Double Semantic Sense of the Word 'Scapegoat'; The Historical Emergence of the Victimage Mechanism


Chapter 1: Things hidden since the Foundation of the World
Similarities between the Biblical Myths and World Mythology; The Distinctiveness of the Biblical Myths; The Gospel Revelation of the Founding Murder

Chapter 2: A Non-Sacrificial Reading of the Gospel Text
Christ and Sacrifice; The Impossibility of the Sacrificial Reading; Apocalypse and Parable; Powers and Principalities; The Preaching of the Kingdom; Kingdom and Apocalypse; The Non-Sacrificial Death of Christ; The Divinity of Christ; The Virgin Birth

Chapter 3: The Sacrificial Reading and Historical Christianity
Implications of the Sacrificial Reading; The Epistle to the Hebrews; The Death of Christ and the End of the Sacred; Sacrifice of the Other and Sacrifice of the Self; The Judgement of Solomon; A New Sacrificial Reading: The Semiotic Analysis; The Sacrificial Reading and History; Science and Apocalypse

Chapter 4: The Logos of Heraclitus and the Logos of John
The Logos in Philosophy; The Two Types of Logos in Heidegger; Defining the Johannine Logos in Terms of the Victim; 'In the Beginning . . .'; Love and Knowledge


Chapter 1: Mimetic Desire
Acquisitive Mimesis and Mimetic Desire; Mimetic Desire and the Modern World; The Mimetic Crisis and the Dynamism of Desire; The Mimesis of Apprenticeship and the Mimesis ofRivalry; Gregory Bateson's 'Double Bind'; From ObjectRivalry to Metaphysical Desire

Chapter 2: Desire without Object
Doubles and Interdividuality; Symptoms of Alternation; The Disappearance of the Object and Psychotic Structure;Hypnosis and Possession

Chapter 3: Mimesis and Sexuality
What is known as 'Masochism'; Theatrical 'Sado-Masochism'; Homosexuality; Mimetic Latency and Rivalry; The End of Platonism in Psychology

Chapter 4: Psychoanalytic Mythology
Freud's Platonism and the Use of the Oedipal Archetype; How do you reproduce a Triangle?; Mimesis and Representation; The Double Genesis of Oedipus; Why Bisexuality?; Narcissism: Freud's Desire; The Metaphors of Desire

Chapter 5: Beyond Scandal
Proust's Conversion; Sacrifice and Psychotherapy; Beyond the Pleasure Principle and Structural Psychoanalysis; The DeathInstinct and Modern Culture; The Skandalon

To Conclude




ISBN: 9781474268431
ISBN-10: 1474268439
Series: Bloomsbury Revelations
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st February 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1

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