The Palgrave Handbook of Mimetic Theory and Religion

  • James Alison
  • Wolfgang Palaver

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. James Alison, Wolfgang Palaver
    Pages 1-7
  3. Violent Origins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. James Alison, Paul Dumouchel
      Pages 11-12
    3. Martha J. Reineke
      Pages 39-44
    4. Mark R. Anspach
      Pages 53-59
    5. Miguel Rolland
      Pages 61-67
    6. Christopher J. Knüsel, Bonnie Glencross
      Pages 69-75
  4. From Rites to Writing

  5. Theological Anthropology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. James Alison, Martha J. Reineke
      Pages 169-172
    3. John Ranieri
      Pages 173-178
    4. Petra Steinmair-Pösel
      Pages 185-192
    5. Scott Cowdell
      Pages 193-200
    6. Thomas Ryba
      Pages 209-216
    7. Nikolaus Wandinger
      Pages 217-224
    8. Sandor Goodhart
      Pages 241-248
    9. Ann Astell
      Pages 249-255
  6. Secularization and Modernity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Paul Dumouchel, William A. Johnsen
      Pages 267-269
    3. Jean-Pierre Dupuy
      Pages 271-277
    4. Paul Dumouchel
      Pages 279-285
    5. Bernard Perret
      Pages 287-294
    6. Paolo Diego Bubbio
      Pages 311-318

About this book


The Palgrave Handbook of Mimetic Theory and Religion draws on the expertise of leading scholars and thinkers to explore the violent origins of culture, the meaning of ritual, and the conjunction of theology and anthropology, as well as secularization, science, and terrorism.  Authors assess the contributions of René Girard’s mimetic theory to our understanding of sacrifice, ancient tragedy, and post-modernity, and apply its insights to religious cinema and the global economy. This handbook serves as introduction and guide to a theory of religion and human behavior that has established itself as fertile terrain for scholarly research and intellectual reflection.


Mimetic Theory Rene Girard mimetic desire Christianity catholic theology violence scapegoat secularization anthropology theology sacrifice

Editors and affiliations

  • James Alison
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Palaver
    • 2
  1. 1.Independent ScholarMadridSpain
  2. 2.University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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