The Girard Reader

Buy it now

Front cover of The Girard Reader

The Girard Reader

“Girard’s understanding of mimetic rivalry and conflict and of the scapegoat are among the most profound intellectual discoveries of our time…”—Walter Wink, Engaging the Powers

“Girard’s mimetic model is the brilliant and elegant expression of a basic set of ideas on the origin and maintenance of culture, the structure and dynamics of the self and human relations, and the transcendent basis of the world and human existence . . . His way of seeing, his approach and his ideas are pioneering, opening up new paths into the understanding of human relations, the formation of nonviolent human community, and the affirmation of faith in the God of the Bible.”
Dr. James G. Williams, from A Note to the Reader, page VIII

Reviews and endorsements

“René Girard’s work suggests the prospects of those nineteenth-century intellectual giants— Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud— who still cast such long shadows today.”
Comparative Literature

“The Girardian theory is one of the great intellectual achievements of the late twentieth century— a comprehensive vision of the psychological, sociological, political, and religious processes of sin and redemption….”
Robert J. Daly, S.J., Professor of Theology, Boston College

,

“Girard’s understanding of mimetic rivalry and conflict and of the scapegoat are among the most profound intellectual discoveries of our time . . .”
Walter Wink, Engaging the Powers

,

“At last the extraordinary work of René Girard is readily available to a wider audience. This anthology is destined to become a standard reference for those concerned with contemporary cultural issues.”
Gil Bailie, author of Violence Unveiled

“René Girard’s work suggests the prospects of those nineteenth-century intellectual giants— Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud— who still cast such long shadows today.”
Comparative Literature


“The Girardian theory is one of the great intellectual achievements of the late twentieth century— a comprehensive vision of the psychological, sociological, political, and religious processes of sin and redemption….”
Robert J. Daly, S.J., Professor of Theology, Boston College

,

“Girard’s understanding of mimetic rivalry and conflict and of the scapegoat are among the most profound intellectual discoveries of our time . . .”
Walter Wink, Engaging the Powers

,

“At last the extraordinary work of René Girard is readily available to a wider audience. This anthology is destined to become a standard reference for those concerned with contemporary cultural issues.”
Gil Bailie, author of Violence Unveiled

9780824516345
Paperback / 328 pages
HERDER & HERDER, 1996

Dimensions: