Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Death of Rene' Girard

I just heard about the death of Rene' Girard, professor of literature, author of numerous books, and theorist who developed the idea that humans are driven by "memetic desire" (the desires we imitate from others lead us into conflict and when the conflict becomes great enough we seek a scapegoat who will relieve the conflict and bring peace). He was 91 when he died on November 4 and is survived by his wife of 64 years and two children. May he rest in peace.

Here is the New York Times obituary:Rene' Girard, French Theorist of Social Sciences, Dies at 91

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