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Girard was an important scholar of mimetic rivalry, sacrifice, and violence in the ancient world. For a great place to start, I recommend this book:

http://www.amazon.com/See-Satan-Fall-Like-Lightning/dp/15707...




Why would you recommend See Satan Fall Like Lightening over Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World as a starting place?


Both of those books are great, but ISSFLL is Girard at his most brilliant, explaining the role mimetic desire plays in human conflict.


This book is very short, up and to the point. Provided you don't stop at the symbolic language that is only clarified a bit late into the book.


You should start with Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World. It's a great summary of Girard's theory, and it's easy to read.




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