The French philosopher, René Girard, passed away yesterday.
According to Wikipedia, this is a summary of his ideas:
“Girard’s fundamental ideas, which he had developed throughout his career and provided the foundation for his thinking, was that desire is mimetic (all of our desires are borrowed from other people), that all conflict originates in mimetic desire (mimetic rivalry), that the scapegoat mechanism is the origin of sacrifice and the foundation of human culture, and religion was necessary in human evolution to control the violence that can come from mimetic rivalry, and that the Bible reveals these ideas and denounces the scapegoat mechanism.”
Apparently, his book Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World is considered the best summation of his ideas. I’m looking forward to reading it.
I’m glad he left behind his important ideas. He certainly changed my life. He will be missed.
How did he influence you?