René Noël Théophile Girard (//; French: [ʒiʁaʁ]; December 25, 1923 – November 4, 2015) 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 in 2007
René Noël Théophile Girard
December 25, 1923
|Died||November 4, 2015 (aged 91)|
|Alma mater||École Nationale des Chartes (Master's degree)|
Indiana University (Ph.D)
|Known for||Mimetic desire|
Scapegoat mechanism as origin of sacrifice and foundation of human culture
|Awards||Académie française (Seat 37)|
Knight of the Légion d’honneur
Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Bryn Mawr College,
Johns Hopkins University,
State University of New York at Buffalo,
|Notable students||Peter Thiel|
- Colloquium on Violence & Religion
- Association Recherches Mimétiques, founded in 2006.
- Imitatio, founded in 2008. Accessed 24 November 2008
- The Raven Foundation. This foundation "seeks to promote healing, hope, reconciliation and peace by offering insight into the dynamics of conflict and violence".
- Theology and Peace, founded in 2008. "An emerging movement seeking the transformation of theological practice through the application of mimetic theory".
- Preaching Peace founded in 2002 as a website exploring the Christian lectionary from a mimetic theoretical perspective, 2007 organized as a non-profit in Pennsylvania committed to "Educating the church in Jesus' vision of peace."