Mimesis and Science: Empirical Research on Imitation and the Mimetic Theory of Culture and Religion

Mimesis and Science: Empirical Research on Imitation and the Mimetic Theory of Culture and Religion

by Scott R. Garrels
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1611860237

ISBN-13: 9781611860238

Pub. Date: 10/31/2011

Publisher: Michigan State University Press

This exciting compendium brings together, for the first time, some of the foremost scholars of René Girard’s mimetic theory, with leading imitation researchers from the cognitive, developmental, and neuro sciences. These chapters explore some of the major discoveries and developments concerning the foundational, yet previously overlooked, role of

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This exciting compendium brings together, for the first time, some of the foremost scholars of René Girard’s mimetic theory, with leading imitation researchers from the cognitive, developmental, and neuro sciences. These chapters explore some of the major discoveries and developments concerning the foundational, yet previously overlooked, role of imitation in human life, revealing the unique theoretical links that can now be made from the neural basis of social interaction to the structure and evolution of human culture and religion. Together, mimetic scholars and imitation researchers are on the cutting edge of some of the most important breakthroughs in understanding the distinctive human capacity for both incredible acts of empathy and compassion as well as mass antipathy and violence. As a result, this interdisciplinary volume promises to help shed light on some of the most pressing and complex questions of our contemporary world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611860238
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2011
Series:
Studies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................1
Chapter 1. Human Imitation: Historical, Philosophical, and Scientific Perspectives Scott R. Garrels....................39
Part 1. Imitation in Child Development and Adult Psychology....................41
Chapter 2. From Universal Mimesis to the Self Formed by Desire Jean-Michel Oughourlian....................55
Chapter 3. Out of the Mouths of Babes: Imitation, Gaze, and Intentions in Infant Research—the "Like Me" Framework Andrew N. Meltzoff....................75
Chapter 4. Emotions and Mimesis Paul Dumouchel....................87
Chapter 5. The Two Sides of Mimesis: Mimetic Theory, Embodied Simulation, and Social Identification Vittorio Gallese....................109
Part 2. Imitation in Human Evolution, Culture, and Religion....................111
Chapter 6. Imitation, Communion, and Culture Ann Cale Kruger....................129
Chapter 7. Imitation and Violence: Empirical Evidence and the Mimetic Model Mark R. Anspach....................155
Chapter 8. Sacred Violence, Mimetic Rivalry, and War Melvin Konner....................175
Chapter 9. Desire, Mimesis, and the Phylogeny of Freedom William B. Hurlbut....................193
Chapter 10. Naturalizing Mimetic Theory Jean-Pierre Dupuy....................215
Chapter 11. Mimesis and Science: An Interview with René Girard Scott R. Garrels....................255
Contributors....................261

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