Daily dose of René Girard

Not everyone gravitates instantly to the ideas of  René Girard, one of the 40 members of the Académie Française, the highest honor France bestows on its intellectuals.  Many people find him hard to fathom, even though I’ve written easy articles about him here and here.

Girard, interviewed Dec. 1

So here’s another chance:  The Hoover Institution’s Peter Robinson has interviewed René for his series, “Uncommon Knowledge.”  You can find it here — but also on the National Review website here.  If all else fails, it’s on Youtube here.

The series continues in five short segments of about six minutes apiece.  The opening segment discusses Girard’s concept of “mimetic desire” and how “example is the key to bad as well as good behavior.”  The second segment discusses how the scapegoat has traditionally kept mankind from being in “total conflict all of the time.”

More segments to come for one of the greatest minds of our times — who, by the way, turns 86 this Christmas …


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