Fully half of this week’s most popular posts were related to René Girard (RIP).
I suspect this will continue as I do my best to introduce as many people as possible to his immediately applicable school of thinking.
It is a little ambitious, but I would also like to devise a booklist of all the most important thinkers directly influenced by Girard’s mimetic theory. If by their fruits you shall know them, then I suspect you know Girard very well, even if you haven’t read him.
If you want a sneak peak at my upcoming post then I’ll tell you that there are three books where Girard develops the most important and interlocking components of his thinking: Deceit, Desire, and the Novel (desire), Violence and the Sacred (scapegoat), Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World (theological implications of the other two concepts). I See Satan Fall Like Lightning is Girard’s most readable late synthesis of these three concepts.
I’ll break with tradition slightly by posting a video from Almost Live! That Seattle institution is where all the “Lame List skits” I used in previous Weakened Edition posts appeared. This skit has important Girardian implications. The Stanford scholar argued in I See Satan Fall Like Lightning that since the victim has become the sole global absolute value mimetic rivalries are ironically bound to proliferate between competing victim groups.