Evolution and Conversion

Evolution and Conversion : Dialogues on the Origins of Culture

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Evolution and Conversion explores the main tenets of Rene Girard's thought in a series of dialogues. Here, Girard reflects on the evolution of his thought and offers striking new insights on topics such as violence, religion, desire and literature. His long argument is a historical one in which the origin of culture and religion is reunited in the contemporary world by means of a reinterpretation of Christianity and an understanding of the intrinsically violent nature of human beings. He also offers provocative re-readings of Biblical and literary texts and responds to statements by Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins. Including an introduction by the authors, this is a revealing text by one of the most original thinkers of our time.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 20.32mm | 280g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1350018236
  • 9781350018235
  • 454,153

Table of contents

Introduction: 'One long argument from the beginning to the end'
Pierpaolo Antonello and Joao Cezar Castro Rocha

1 The Life of the Mind
2 'A Theory by Which to Work': The Mimetic Mechanism
3 The Symbolic Species
4 Dialogues and Criticism: From Frazer to Levi-Strauss
5 Method, Evidence and Truth
6 The Scandal of Christianity
7 Modernity, Postmodernity and Beyond

Chronology of Girard's Life
List of Girard's Publications
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For those who want a lively, general introduction to the thought of this seminal religious thinker [Rene Girard], Evolution and Conversion is a book not to be missed. * Theology * Girard is now well known for his multidisciplinary writings on religion and violence ... This book develops and reassesses ideas set out thirty years ago. * Theological Book Review *
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About Dr Rene Girard

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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