The Anthropology of René Girard and Traditional Doctrines of Atonement

“Mine is a search for the anthropology of the Cross, which turns out to rehabilitate orthodox theology” (R. Girard on The Girard Reader p. 288)

The Anthropology of René Girard and Traditional Doctrines of Atonement

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http://girardianlectionary.net/res/atonement_webpage.htm

& further more on:-

Girardian Annotated Bibilography & Links Page

Books by Girard / Secondary Works / Articles / Internet Resources

http://girardianlectionary.net/girard-a_bib.htm#reader

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Battling to the End:

Conversations with Benoît Chantre

A Review Of René Girard’s Battling To The End – Imitatio

by SL Gardner – ‎Cited by 1 – ‎Related articles

Battling to the End: Conversations with Benoît Chantre. Michigan. State University Press, 2009. 2296xvi pp. ISBNi10: 0870138774 ISBNi13: 978i. 0870138775.

 

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Understanding The Mimetic Theory of Rene Girard

 

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(Shared Ignorance  site)

The Mimetic Theory of Rene Girard, Part I.

The Mimetic Theory of Rene Girard, Part II

The Mimetic Theory of Rene Girard, Part III

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The-mimetic-theory-of-rene-girard ( parts-I-III /PDF)

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The Vicious Circle of VIOLENCE/
The Scapegoat and “Der Teufelskreis”

The Vicious Circle of VIOLENCE

 

 

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The method behind thinking

In the Gorgias (475d), Socrates tells Polus to “submit [himself] nobly/bravely to the logos as to a doctor“. At the root of Socratic praxis is the therapeia of the soul. Once a vital truth has been uncovered, one must affirm it and live into it. Not to do so is a sign that one still has some growing up to do. So these are the four steps: Ask a vital question. Give voice to what you believe. Give voice to second thoughts. Submit yourself to what you learn along the way.A powerful methodology indeed.

via The method behind thinking.

via The method behind thinking.

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Dostoeswsky is a Prophet

AGAIN, High Time for Dostoewsky !

(specially good for our bewilderd contemporary Ethiopian generation)/0*/

Dostoeswsky is a prophet in his way and Rene Girard (“one of the ‘forty immortals’ of the French Academy”)  is the one who may have interpreted him at best!

Dosteowsky, who  forsaw, how ” Almost in the wink of an eye , after the Russian revolution, the total freedom proclaimed by the Bolsheviks was metamorphosed into total sevitude.” (*

“Genuine prophecy always sounds a little indecent to those whose minds are closed to its truth”(* as we are still witnessing in Ethiopia today after all what took place in our generation  and to our generation!

(* (Resurrection from the Underground):-

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On Dostoevsky & René Girard

…. A Review 

….. …… “Circumstances cause Dostoevsky to overturn his earlier ideas and examine them in a new light, and so in some ways the works of Dostoevsky’s middle period are all about seeing through the society-induced lies of his own earlier texts from a time when he mimicked the literary desires of others. Dostoevsky’s life was not without an excess of pride and humiliation, and we see that his genius was born from past mistakes that many perhaps would not learn from, but that this great and truly self-searching intellect did indeed take to heart. Girard’s book ends in Christian revelation, as Dostoevsky himself in The Brothers Karamazov reconciles a lifetime’s worth of ideas with scripture, seeing beyond the popular literary and social theories of his day and revealing a universal human truth. It is this human truth which still marks Dostoevsky out as one of the most psychologically perceptive authors who ever lived.”0*/

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René Girard-
Resurrection from the Underground: Feodor Dostoevsky
translated by James G. Williams (Michigan State University Press, 2012)

The Human Delusion:-

On mimesis Theory of Rene Girard

 

 

 

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The annual Peace Prize for Lanier/ Friedenspreis für Jaron Lanier

YOU REMEMBER THIS EXTRAORDINARY MAN

lanier

He was  long ago a great man with a beautiful mind for me!

Interesting!….Jaron Lanier’s Bio

Have you come across a scientist who looks like this!
Scientists of the future centuries may look like him!

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“Artist, author and computing expert Jaron Lanier has won the annual Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. The award went “to a true pioneer in the digital world,” and one “who has always recognized the inherent risks.”/ DW 5.06.2014/

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“………..”He combines it all with a professional career as a pianist and player of obscure and bizarre musical instruments, more than 700 of which clutter his downtown New York apartment. “He is this extraordinary person – gifted, generous and ethical,” says his friend, the theoretical physicist Lee Smolin. “People ask why we don’t have more renaissance people these days. Jaron shows that it is still possible.”     ……..”

lanier-music

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/buecher/themen/jaron-lanier-erhaelt-den-friedenspreis-12973615-p3.html

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AGAIN, High Time for Dostoewsky !

Dostoeswsky is a prophet in his way and Rene Girard (“one of the ‘forty immortals’ of the French Academy”)  is the one who may have interpreted him at best!  See Rene-Girard-on-Dostoevsky:-

Translated by James G. Williams (Michigan State University Press, 2012)

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……. “In Notes from the Underground the character of the officer, a minor obstacle and humiliation in the author’s life, takes on, due to pride, immense importance. Until the author can be the officer, can become one with him, the author hates the officer and sees him as a godlike opponent.
Likewise, Stavrogin, the man admired and coveted by young revolutionaries in Dostoevsky’s Demons, becomes a godlike figure to some. People admire Stavrogin as they would a cult leader, and gladly humiliate themselves before him. Dostoevsky had a famous flash of prescience in Demons, foreseeing the Stalinist regime to which the actions of such revolutionaries would lead: a man made God and a nation bowing down in humiliated worship.
Desire comes from others; desire leads to conflict; and all this happens atop a pattern of worship set in motion by the Bible. Western Civilisation’s idea of Christ becomes its greatest poison. All these acts of pride, humiliation and mimetic desire occur beneath the surface, they are concealed, and so Girard aptly calls these ideas, in line with Dostoevsky, underground thoughts.”

….. …… “Circumstances cause Dostoevsky to overturn his earlier ideas and examine them in a new light, and so in some ways the works of Dostoevsky’s middle period are all about seeing through the society-induced lies of his own earlier texts from a time when he mimicked the literary desires of others. Dostoevsky’s life was not without an excess of pride and humiliation, and we see that his genius was born from past mistakes that many perhaps would not learn from, but that this great and truly self-searching intellect did indeed take to heart. Girard’s book ends in Christian revelation, as Dostoevsky himself in The Brothers Karamazov reconciles a lifetime’s worth of ideas with scripture, seeing beyond the popular literary and social theories of his day and revealing a universal human truth. It is this human truth which still marks Dostoevsky out as one of the most psychologically perceptive authors who ever lived.”0*/

Read more in :-

…. A Review on Dostoevsky & René Girard

(specially good for our bewilderd contemporary Ethiopian generation)/0*/

Indeed,

High Time for Dostoewsky !

– After Reading the following recent books on Modern Ethiopia (1:

1. The Quest for Socialist Utopia: The Ethiopian Student Movement, C. 1960-1974 (Eastern Africa)

by Bahru Zewde

2. Der letzte Kaiser von Afrika: Triumph und Tragödie des Haile Selassie 

by Prinz Asfa-Wossen Asserate

 

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Rene Girard’s mimesis theory is I think, very useful for understanding Aggression,
violence and conflict….etc…I can only underline most of the substance of this
theory…making a mental revue of the several notes I made during my
own observations and “intuitions out of the blues” under intensive circumstances
and, –let me call it- my “phenomenological experience” too.
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I am sure “the Ethiopian revolution and the Ethiopian student movement” all through is full of such material  … but most of it has perhaps not the “fate or the fortune” of surviving the process…..in a form of literature (2 like elsewhere on the  globe, so that the next generation could have learnt from it.
Nonetheless, since the theory… and the scholar observation makes IT in such a way
available (cf. Rene Girard and Doseoswsky) , I hope the coming generation may benefit from the rest too, if we indicate them the where-abouts……  That is also my intention here. Hoping it will fetch and find the right mind to learn from the past…. But as you are certainly observing the whole phenomena….the Ethiopian elite…the Ethiopian polity is still submerged/contained in the “Schlamssel”/ in the mess and not ready to quit the correspnding boxes!
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However, I remain hoping that one day, looking at their mirrors, our “heroes” would also dare to smile at their own pictures to make the leap of taking their “enemies” (imagined) into account rather than themselves.
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Understanding Dostoevsky & Rene Girard:-
When we consider the seventy years in the twentieth century his country was in the hands of its revolutionaries trying to build a Communist utopia, we cannot fail to discern in the nineteenth-century Russian novelist Feodor Dostoevsky a prophetic dimension — and one in which we may behold an image of our own culture’s controversies even after the fall of communism. The crisis he explored in nineteenth-century Russia’s belated and vexed encounter with Europe foreshadows the critical confrontations of our own time, as we face the decline of traditional religious, political, and epistemological authority while lost in a fog of competing claims about scientific determinism, groundless freedom, and the latest fashionable ideology.
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Book reviews: Resurrection from the Underground: Feodor Dostoevsky by René Girard. Adrian Thurnwald.Transnational Literature Vol. 5 no. 1, November 2012.

1) What a coincidence for more reflection (without “bad faith”) that the two books are published almost at the same period!
The first (Zewde), a historical sketch of a social movement for social justice, apt, opted or condemned to deconstruct an old nation-state; unaware of a systemic in-built global relations of political forces (with or without complicity). (- A fact surprisingly missed by the author himself too; as if the agents are moving in a global political space, devoid of heavy-weight political players wrestling for hegemony (cultural or economic)).
The second (Asserate) depicting the painstaking process of building a nation-state in a volatile and embattled political space resulting in a regime, at the coming of age unable to reform itself !
2) It can be noted these days, that years 2013 & 2014 have come up with some interesting (autobiographic) literature reviewing the unhappy past of the last 50 years!

 

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Ester Rada

Ester Rada: Israel’s rising music star /Out of Ethiopia

18 April 2014 Last updated at 00:32 BST

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