The following five-part video series provides a preliminary understanding of human culture from the perspective of mimetic theory, which was first developed by René Girard (1923-2015).
I made the first parts to give an overview of some basic cultural facts. The later parts of the video series deal with mimetic theory’s explanation of those facts, ending with the role of the Judeo-Christian heritage in making that type of explanation possible. The last part of the series (PART V) clarifies how the Judeo-Christian traditions result in either a radical atheism or a radically new understanding of “God”.
CLICK HERE TO READ SOME INTRODUCTORY REMARKS FOR EACH VIDEO AND TO SEE AN OVERVIEW OF THEIR CONTENT (PDF)
PART I – THE SPELL OF THE SACRED
PART II – THE DANCE OF THE SACRED (3 VIDEOS)
PART III – THE MYTHICAL REFLECTION OF THE AMBIGUOUS SACRED (3 VIDEOS)
PART IV – THE ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF CULTURAL FACTS EXPLAINED (2 VIDEOS)
PART V – THE GOSPEL REVELATION OF THE MYTHICAL LIE (2 VIDEOS)
I hope this message finds you well in these strange epidemic times.
Scapegoating is surging everywhere with the help of covid-19!
I will follow your videos. I hope you’ve kept one for our modern mythology : neoliberal economics. If you didn’t, please consider reading “Debunking economics” by steve Keen and his plea for economic reformation: I think it is definitely relevant. http://www.newweather.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/33-Theses-for-an-Economics-Reformation.pdf
Keep going I always enjoy reading your insights.
I will definitely try to make the leap to this day and age. Thank you for suggesting Steve Keen’s work, I will definitely read what you sent me.
I hope you are safe and in good health.
All the best,