Saturday, November 22, 2008

From Desire to Scapegoats and Sacrifices

Just listened to the Philospher's Zone again, discussion some ideas by Rene Girard.
There is an interesting "pathway" that Girard notices:
  • Desire is "learned" from others by mimicking them -- Mimesis is the technical term.
  • Mimetic desire leads to conflict: from mimesis of appropriation to a mimesis of accusation
  • Expulsion of a group of victims (the scapegoats) can unite the community
  • This is the basis of (primitive) religion
See here for the podcast and transcript. Also of interest might be The Crowd is Untruth: a Comparison of Kierkegaard and Girard


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