The Palgrave Handbook of Mimetic Theory and Religion

Editors: Alison, James, Palaver, Wolfgang (Eds.)

  • The first introductory volume to gather articles from the world’s foremost scholars of mimetic theory and religion, and first major collective work of this scope on mimetic theory
  • Makes a decisive contribution to the reassessment of our understanding of religion in the 21st century
  • Shows the importance and relevance of mimetic theory to contemporary scholarly debates in theology, religious studies, anthropology, and philosophy, among other fields
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The Palgrave Handbook of Mimetic Theory and Religion draws on the expertise of leading scholars and thinkers to explore the violent origins of culture, the meaning of ritual, and the conjunction of theology and anthropology, as well as secularization, science, and terrorism.  Authors assess the contributions of René Girard’s mimetic theory to our understanding of sacrifice, ancient tragedy, and post-modernity, and apply its insights to religious cinema and the global economy. This handbook serves as introduction and guide to a theory of religion and human behavior that has established itself as fertile terrain for scholarly research and intellectual reflection.

About the authors

James Alison, priest, theologian, and author, is a Fellow of Imitatio. He has been working with Girard’s thought since 1985 and has contributed to the field with a number of books, most recently the adult catechetical course “Jesus the Forgiving Victim.” 

 

Wolfgang Palaver is Professor of Catholic Social Thought at the University of Innsbruck. From 2007 to 2011 he was president of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. Recent publications: René Girard's Mimetic Theory (2013); The European Wars of Religion (2016).

Table of contents (70 chapters)

  • General Introduction

    Alison, James (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Introduction

    Alison, James (et al.)

    Pages 11-12

  • An Essay on Hominization: Current Theories, Girardian–Darwinian Approaches

    Dumouchel, Paul

    Pages 13-19

  • The Emergence of Human Consciousness in a Religious Context

    Antonello, Pierpaolo

    Pages 21-29

  • Freud, Moses and Monotheism, and the Conversation Between Mimetic Theory and Psychoanalysis

    Frost, Kathryn M.

    Pages 31-37

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eBook $219.00
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Hardcover $279.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55280-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of Mimetic Theory and Religion
Editors
  • James Alison
  • Wolfgang Palaver
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53825-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53825-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55280-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 549
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