René Girard: Emeritus Professor, Stanford University

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According to this French-born intellectual’s mimetic theory, imitation is the root of human culture. More Americans ought to mimic the Europeans who rightly celebrate Girard as a brilliant, original thinker.

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Girard is profiled in Stanford Magazine , where you can also watch a fascinating clip of Girard explaining mimetic theory, and read an excerpt from his new book Battling to the End: Politics, War, and Apocalypse.

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