Interview with René Girard at NRO

December 10, 2009

This week the French literary critic and anthropologist René Girard is being interviewed at National Review Online.  I don’t quite know what to make of Girard, but he is certainly a very interesting and original thinker.  I first encountered him some years ago through a long set of interviews on CBC Radio’s Ideas.  His thoughts are not easy to summarize briefly; we would have to talk about desire and imitation, cultural violence, scapegoating, sacred order, and apocalypse.  But this interview seems to cover the basic ground fairly well.

The interview is in five parts.  Each part is about six or seven minutes long:

Part 1: Mimetic desire

Part 2: Scapegoating

Part 3: “Christianity destroys mythology”

Part 4: Apocalypse

Part 5: The meaning of Christmas

A few months ago First Things published an essay by Girard: On War and Apocalypse.

One Response to “Interview with René Girard at NRO”


  1. Thanks for these links. I also encountered Girard through those CBC lectures, and I have since come to appreciate him very much.


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