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All Desire is a Desire for Being


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Rene Girard (1923-2015) was a French-born American historian, literary critic, and philosopher of social science whose work belongs to the tradition of anthropological philosophy. He was a member of the elite Academie Fran aise for his ground-breaking work in human nature after having spent nearly fifty years elaborating his theory of mimetic desire.


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*René Girard*

The explosion of social media, the resurgence of populism, and the increasing virulence of reciprocal violence all suggest that the contemporary world is becoming more and more recognizably "Girardian" in its behavior
*The New York Review of Books*

The man who helped us perhaps more than any other social thinker of our time to understand violence, death and martyrdom

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*Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard by Cynthia L. Haven*

Influential and comprehensive. Haven's Evolution of Desire is exemplary in its sensitivity ... Her readers are challenged but left free to make up their own minds

A penetrating account of an important thinker - and as agile, profound, and affecting as its subject

Essential reading for Girard devotees and a perfect entrée for newcomers. Rich with details and ideas, Cynthia Haven's book gives everything it promises and something more: a personal account of a close friend. Highly recommended
*Maria Stepanova*

Here is a book that gives us Girard in all his genius and generosity. I can't recommend it enough
*The New Yorker*

René Girard's provocative theories on violence, religion, desire, and scapegoating are intensely relevant to contemporary American society. Cynthia Haven offers an account of Girard's life and ideas that is as compelling as a good detective story. It should receive the widest possible readership
*Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for The New York Times*

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