Mimesis and Science

Mimesis and Science

Empirical Research on Imitation and the Mimetic Theory of Culture and Religion

Studies in Violence, Mimesis & Culture

Edited by Scott R. Garrels

Published by: Michigan State University Press

Imprint: Michigan State University Press

272 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.70 in

  • ISBN: 9781611860238
  • Published: October 2011



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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.