The Scapegoat: The Ideas of René Girard, Part 2
Girard's ideas influenced social scientists over his long career as a writer and teacher, until his death in the fall of 2015. In this classic IDEAS series, David Cayley explores the thought of René Girard. The series continues on March 10, 11 & 17.
René Girard was known first as literary critic. The book that made his name in that field, Deceit Desire & the Novel, is still read and studied fifty years after its publication.
His next major work, Violence & the Sacred, ventured into anthropology, where Girard examined the crucial role played by scapegoating in the formation of cultures.
Then came Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, in which he revealed the importance of the Bible in unlocking the secret of culture and in disclosing the innocence of all scapegoats. Subsequent books expanded on this theme.
René Girard died in the fall of 2015, leaving behind disciples and readers still working through his subtle insights and arguments.
David Cayley explores the whole range of Girard's thought, starting with his insights about the problem of violence in human societies, and how religion controls violence through sacrifice.
Rene Girard's books were generally written originally in French and later translated into English. Publication dates are for the English versions. These are only a few of his books.
- Deceit, Desire and the Novel, 1966
- Violence and The Sacred, 1977
- The Scapegoat, 1986
- Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, 1987
- Job, The Victim of His People, 1987
- The Girard Reader, 1996
- I See Satan Fall Like Lightning, 2001
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