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René Girard is a member of the French Academy, Emeritus Professor at Stanford University; his books have been translated and acclaimed worldwide. He received the Modern Language Association’s Award...Click here for more information.
Battling to the End: Conversations with Benoît Chantre
In Battling to the End René Girard engages Carl von Clausewitz
(1780–1831), the Prussian military theoretician who wrote On
War. Clausewitz, who has been critiqued by military strategists,
political scientists, and philosophers, famously postulated that "War
is the continuation of politics by other means." He also seemed to
believe that governments could constrain war.
“Fundamentalists, preoccupied with apocalypse, nevertheless grab the wrong end of the stick: 'They cannot do without a cruel God. Strangely, they do not see that the violence we ourselves are in the process of amassing and that is looming over our own heads is entirely sufficient to trigger the worst. They have no sense of humor.' Girard insists that our desires are mimetic; envy and admiration fuel imitation and resentment—and eventually violence. We become our foes. In one of the sweeping, epigrammatic statements that pepper the book, Girard claims, 'Individualism is a formidable lie.'" - Cynthia Haven, San Francisco Chronicle
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