René Girard

French historian, literary critic, and philosopher of social science

René Noël Théophile Girard (/ʒiˈrɑːrd/; French: [ʒiʁaʁ]; December 25, 1923 – November 4, 2015)[1][2] was a French-American historian, literary critic, and philosopher of social science. His writings were based on anthropological philosophy. Girard was the author of nearly thirty books with his writings spanning many academic domains. His work was based on literary criticism, critical theory, anthropology, theology, psychology, mythology, sociology, economics, cultural studies, and philosophy.

René Girard
René Girard in 2007
René Noël Théophile Girard

(1923-12-25)December 25, 1923
DiedNovember 4, 2015(2015-11-04) (aged 91)
Alma materÉcole nationale des chartes (Master's degree)
Indiana University (Ph.D)
Known forMimetic desire
Scapegoat mechanism as origin of sacrifice and foundation of human culture
AwardsAcadémie française (Seat 37)
Knight of the Légion d’honneur
Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Scientific career
InstitutionsDuke University,
Bryn Mawr College,
Johns Hopkins University,
State University of New York at Buffalo,
Stanford University
Notable studentsPeter Thiel
InfluencesClaude Lévi-Strauss

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