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The Mimetic Temptation of the Apocalypse

Author(s): Edwin Bendyk
Subject(s): Anthropology, French Literature, Studies in violence and power, Sociology of Culture, Theory of Literature, Sociology of Religion, Philosophy of History
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: violence; apocalypse; catastrophism; Enlightenment; religion; culture; rationality; mimetism; war; future; ecology; mind;

Summary/Abstract: Bendyk discusses two interpretations of violence and its sources. The first refers to René Girard’s mimetic theory, where violence is a product of religion and culture; and the second stems from the Enlightenment, which presents violence as a product of human rationality. In Girard’s interpretation the apocalypse is a real option for the end of history, the second one leads to enlightened catastrophism, which removes the necessity of the apocalypse.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 259-267
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish