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(1992) Understanding origins, Dordrecht, Springer.

Girard and the origin of culture

Paisley Livingston

pp. 91-110

I certainly share Andrew McKenna" s enthusiasm for some of René Girard" s ideas, and admire his effort to mediate between Girard and aspects of post-structuralist thought. Yet I am afraid we disagree on a number of very basic points. This disagreement does not concern the tenets of some kind of Girardian orthodoxy; rather, what is at stake are different ways Girard" s insights may be interpreted and extended. In this regard, the most basic difference between McKenna" s position and my own involves my skepticism about the proposed bridge between deconstruction and Girard" s anthropology.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-015-8054-0_5

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Livingston, P. (1992)., Girard and the origin of culture, in F. Varela & J. Dupuy (eds.), Understanding origins, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 91-110.

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