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Things hidden since the foundation of the world

Author: René Girard; Jean-Michel Oughourlian; Guy Lefort
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1987.
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An astonishing work of cultural criticism, this book is widely recognized as a brilliant and devastating challenge to conventional views of literature, anthropology, religion, and psychoanalysis. In its scope and itnerest it can be compared with Freud’s Totem and Taboo, the subtext Girard refutes with polemic daring, vast erudition, and a persuasiveness that leaves the reader compelled to respond, one way or  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: René Girard; Jean-Michel Oughourlian; Guy Lefort
ISBN: 0804714037 9780804714037 0804722153 9780804722155
OCLC Number: 16247663
Notes: Translation of: Des choses cachées depuis la fondation du monde.
Description: 469 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Bk. 1. Fundamental anthropology. The victimage mechanism as the basis of religion ; The development of culture and institutions ; The process of hominization ; Myth: the invisibility of the founding murder ; Texts of persecution --
bk. 2. The Judaeo-Christian scriptures. Things hidden since the foundation of the world ; A non-sacrificial reading of the Gospel text ; The sacrificial reading and historical Christianity ; The Logos of Heraclitus and the Logos of John --
bk. 3. Interdividual psychology. Mimetic desire ; Desire without object ; Mimesis and sexuality ; Psychoanalytic mythology ; Beyond scandal --
To conclude.
Other Titles: Des choses cachées depuis la fondation du monde.
Responsibility: René Girard ; research undertaken in collaboration with Jean-Michel Oughourlian and Guy Lefort ; translated by Stephen Bann (Books II & III) and Michael Metteer (Book I).

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