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Are religions intrinsically violent (as is strenuously argued by the ‘new atheists’)? Or, as Girard argues, have they been functionally rational instruments developed to manage and cope with the intrinsically violent runaway dynamic that characterizes human social organization in all periods of human history? Is violence decreasing in this time of secular modernity post-Christendom (as argued by Steven Pinker and others)? Or are we, rather, at increased and even apocalyptic risk from our enhanced powers of action and our decreased socio-symbolic protections? Rene Girard’s mimetic theory has been slowly but progressively recognized as one of the most striking breakthrough contributions to twentieth-century critical thinking in fundamental anthropology: in particular for its power to model and explain violent sacralities, ancient and modern. The present volume sets this power of explanation in an evolutionary and Darwinian frame. It asks: How far do cultural mechanisms of controlling violence, which allowed humankind to cross the threshold of hominization—i.e., to survive and develop in its evolutionary emergence—still represent today a default setting that threatens to destroy us? Can we transcend them and escape their field of gravity? Should we look to—or should we look beyond—Darwinian survival? What—and where (if anywhere)—is salvation?

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xix-xliv
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  1. Part I
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. A Covenant among Beasts
  2. pp. 3-24
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  1. 2. Liminal Crises
  2. pp. 25-48
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  1. 3. Victims, Sacred Violence,and Reconciliation
  2. pp. 49-70
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  1. 4. Empire of Sacrifice
  2. pp. 71-94
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  1. Part II
  2. pp. 95-96
  1. 5. From Closed Societies to the Open Society
  2. pp. 97-114
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  1. 6. Girard, the Gospels, and the Symmetrical Inversion of the Founding Murder
  2. pp. 115-142
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  1. 7. Survival and Salvation
  2. pp. 143-166
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  1. Part III
  2. pp. 167-168
  1. 8. Northern Ireland
  2. pp. 169-190
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  1. 9. Communities of Contrast
  2. pp. 191-214
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  1. 10. Responses to Morrowand Wilson
  2. pp. 215-232
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  1. 11. Peace-Making in Practiceand Theory
  2. pp. 233-250
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  1. Part IV
  2. pp. 251-252
  1. 12. Nuclear Apocalypse
  2. pp. 253-266
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  1. 13. Responses toJean-Pierre Dupuy
  2. pp. 267-286
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  1. 14. Girard, Climate Change,and Apocalypse
  2. pp. 287-310
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  1. 15. A New Heaven and a New Earth
  2. pp. 311-330
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 331-336
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 337-344
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609174354
Related ISBN
9781611861495
MARC Record
OCLC
896850134
Pages
388
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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