Ties into Rene Girard’s scapegoat mechanism. We demonize what we perceived as “other,” not because the “other” is different, but because it creates a lack of difference between systems that want to maintain their separate integrities. The other is blamed for the chaos it supposedly creates, and an individual other is conflated with a collective other. The microcosm takes on the totality of the macrocosm.

And she is still harassing the Orland Park Public Library!




Mimetic Margins

It is often said that René Girard is like “the Einstein or Darwin of the social sciences or the humanities.” According to Girard, however, the social sciences as such as they came to flourish in the West’s modern age, and his own contributions are only possible because of a “superior” knowledge revealed in Judeo-Christian tradition. Jean-Pierre Dupuy puts Girard’s claim this way in his book The Mark of the Sacred – which is in many ways a further development of Girard’s main ideas:

Only a madman or a crackpot, disregarding all the conventions of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, could make the following outrageous claims today: That the history of humanity, considered in its entirety, and in spite – or rather because – of its sound and fury, has a meaning. That this meaning is accessible to us, and although a science of mankind now exists, it is…

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Amen, Hallelujah.


The Two Cocks (J. de La Fontaine)

Posted: November 15, 2014 in November 2014

Mimetic Margins

Benoît Chantre, co-author of René Girard’s Achever Clausewitz (Battling to the End), made a reference to the fable of Les Deux Coqs (The Two Cocks) by Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) at a conference in Paris. René Girard gave a lecture at the Centre Pompidou (March 30, 2005) a good week after he became one of the “immortals” of the Académie française (March 17, 2005). Benoît Chantre humorously and aptly ended the gathering by quoting some lines of the famous French poet, one of Girard’s predecessors in the Academy.

The fable is about mimetic rivalry between two men (“cocks”) over a woman (a “hen”) – indeed a rivalry that sparked more than one (“Trojan”) war in human history. Note that, at the end, La Fontaine suggests a new potential cycle of mimetic rivalry, this time of women over a man…

Deux Coqs vivaient en paix:…

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Now I would like to read the piece this post responds to, which piece is deconstructing deconstruction to claim something that is could be argued is ultimately structuralist?

My head spinneth. The effect is not unlike the crazy retro colors below.