René Girard's Mimetic Theory:
Unconventional Wisdom About Human Nature

Today René Girard is recognized worldwide for his theory of human behavior and human culture. In 2005 he was inducted into the Académie française, and in 2008 he received the Modern Language Association's award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement. He is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University.  But back more than 50 years ago, René Girard started teaching French literature because he needed a job... More

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Gods, Victims, & Startups

Investor Peter Thiel talks about the role of innovators in our celebrity-obsessed world in a lecture inspired by his experience as co-founder of PayPal —and by René Girard's anthropology.

Mark Anspach



Why would an oppressive imperial power stage an elaborate form of human sacrifice pitting youthful representatives of each conquered territory against the others? It makes no sense! At least, not to New Yorker film critic David Denby... More

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Girard Featured at Cambridge Festival of Ideas

20 October 2015, St. John’s College, Cambridge

ARM to hold conference on Girard and Michel Henry

7 November 2015, Bibliothèque nationale de France

9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

September 23-26, 2015, Giardini Naxos, Sicily