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The One by Whom Scandal Comes
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“Why is there so much violence in our midst?” René Girard asks. “No question is more debated today. And none produces more disappointing answers.” In Girard’s mimetic theory it is the imitation of someone else’s desire that gives rise to conflict whenever the desired object cannot be shared. This mimetic rivalry, Girard argues, is responsible for the frequency and escalating intensity of human conflict. For Girard, human conflict comes not from the loss of reciprocity between humans but from the transition, imperceptible at first but then ever more rapid, from good to bad reciprocity. In this landmark text, Girard continues his study of violence in light of geopolitical competition, focusing on the roots and outcomes of violence across societies latent in the process of globalization. The volume concludes in a wide-ranging interview with the Sicilian cultural theorist Maria Stella Barberi, where Girard’s twenty-first century emphases on the continuity of all religions, global conflict, and the necessity of apocalyptic thinking emerge.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Other Works in the Series, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. A Note on the Translation
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Part 1. Against Relativism
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Chapter 1. Violence and Reciprocity
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. Chapter 2. Noble Savages and Others
  2. pp. 21-32
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  1. Chapter 3. Mimetic Theory and Theology
  2. pp. 33-46
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  1. Part 2. The Other Side of Myth
  2. pp. 47-48
  1. Chapter 4. I See Satan Fall Like Lightning
  2. pp. 49-56
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  1. Chapter 5. Scandal and Conversion
  2. pp. 57-66
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  1. Chapter 6. I Do Not Pray for the World
  2. pp. 67-74
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  1. Chapter 7. The Catholic Church and the Modern World
  2. pp. 75-84
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  1. Chapter 8. Hominization and Natural Selection
  2. pp. 85-92
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  1. Chapter 9. A Stumbling Block to Jews, Foolishness to Gentiles
  2. pp. 93-102
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  1. Chapter 10. Lévi-Strauss on Collective Murder
  2. pp. 103-112
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  1. Chapter 11. Positivists and Deconstructionists
  2. pp. 113-126
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  1. Chapter 12. How Should Mimetic Theory Be Applied?
  2. pp. 127-130
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 131-136
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 137-139
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