Master René Girard in 7 Weeks

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By Geoff Shullenberger, PhD

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    René Girard (1923-2015) was a historian, critic, and theorist in the field of philosophical anthropology. He is most well known for his ideas about desire, myth, the scapegoating process, ritual sacrifice, and Christianity. Though aloof to the "postmodern" style associated with other postwar French intellectuals, Girard enjoyed a successful career in American academia. He taught at Duke University, Bryn Mawr College, Johns Hopkins University, and finally Stanford University. Public interest in Girard's work has skyrocketed in recent years, given its power to explain many aspects of the "culture wars" gripping the West today.

    This is a free 6-week curriculum expertly curated by Girard scholar Geoff Shullenberger, PhD.

    You'll learn:

    • Introduction to Mimetic Theory
    • Rivalry, Resentment, and Conversion
    • The Founding Murder
    • The Scapegoat
    • How to Decipher Myth
    • The Scandal of Christianity