Something Bigger than Girard

Authors

  • Jonathan Klawans Boston University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v45i3-4.31358

Keywords:

Brooks, Mel, Girard, René, Reiner, Carl, sacrifice, violence

Abstract

René Girard’s works on religion and violence remain important, above all, for having called attention to the question of religious violence well before the significance of this problem seemed obvious. Despite Girard’s insistence on the scientific nature of his project, various religious aspects of his work can be identified, and his work is often treated religiously by his followers. Mimetic theory will have to accept its limitations if it is to win over its critics.

Author Biography

Jonathan Klawans, Boston University

Professor of Religion

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Published

2016-10-27

How to Cite

Klawans, J. (2016). Something Bigger than Girard. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 45(3-4), 23–27. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v45i3-4.31358

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