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This exciting compendium brings together, for the first time, some of the foremost scholars of René Girard’s mimetic theory, with leading imitation researchers from the cognitive, developmental, and neuro sciences. These chapters explore some of the major discoveries and developments concerning the foundational, yet previously overlooked, role of imitation in human life, revealing the unique theoretical links that can now be made from the neural basis of social interaction to the structure and evolution of human culture and religion. Together, mimetic scholars and imitation researchers are on the cutting edge of some of the most important breakthroughs in understanding the distinctive human capacity for both incredible acts of empathy and compassion as well as mass antipathy and violence. As a result, this interdisciplinary volume promises to help shed light on some of the most pressing and complex questions of our contemporary world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Chapter 1: Human Imitation: Historical, Philosophical, and Scientific Perspectives
  2. pp. 1-38
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  1. Part 1: Imitation in Child Development and Adult Psychology
  2. p. 39
  1. Chapter 2: From Universal Mimesis to the Self Formed by Desire
  2. pp. 41-54
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  1. Chapter 3: Out of the Mouths of Babes: Imitation, Gaze, and Intentions in Infant Research - the "Like Me" Framework
  2. pp. 55-74
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  1. Chapter 4: Emotions and Mimesis
  2. pp. 75-86
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  1. Chapter 5: The Two Sides of Mimesis: Mimetic Theory, Embodied Simulation, and Social Identification
  2. pp. 87-108
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  1. Part 2: Imitation in Human Evolution, Culture, and Religion
  2. p. 109
  1. Chapter 6: Imitation, Communion, and Culture
  2. pp. 111-127
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  1. Chapter 7: Imitation and Violence: Empirical Evidence and the Mimetic Model
  2. pp. 129-154
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  1. Chapter 8: Sacred Violence, Mimetic Rivalry, and War
  2. pp. 155-174
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  1. Chapter 9: Desire, Mimesis, and the Phylogeny of Freedom
  2. pp. 175-192
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  1. Chapter 10: Naturalizing Mimetic Theory
  2. pp. 193-213
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  1. Chapter 11: Mimesis and Science: An Interview with Rene Girard
  2. pp. 215-253
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 255-259
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-266
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609172381
Related ISBN
9781611860238
MARC Record
OCLC
777191981
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-12-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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