Violent Origins: Walter Burkert, René Girard, and Jonathan Z. Smith on Ritual Killing and Cultural Formation 1st Edition

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Burkert, Girard, and Smith hold important and contradictory theories about the nature and origin of ritual sacrifice, and the role violence plays in religion and culture. These papers and conversations derive from a conference that pursued the possibility and utility of a general theory of religion and culture, especially one based on violence. The special value of this volume is the conversations as such -- the real record of working scholars engaged with one another's theories, as they make and meet challenges, and move and maneuver.

About the Author

Walter Burkert is Professor Emeritus of Classical Philology at the University of Zurich. René Girard is Andrew B. Hammond Professor Emeritus of French Language, Literature, and Civilization at Stanford University.

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