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MIMETIC THEORY (RENÉ GIRARD) – FIVE-PART VIDEO SERIES (11 VIDEOS)
The following five-part video series provides a preliminary understanding of human culture from the perspective of mimetic theory, which was first developed by René Girard (1923-2015).
I made the first parts to give an overview of some basic cultural facts. The later parts of the video series deal with mimetic theory’s explanation of those facts, ending with the role of the Judeo-Christian heritage in making that type of explanation possible. The last part of the series (PART V) clarifies how the Judeo-Christian traditions result in either a radical atheism or a radically new understanding of God.
CLICK HERE TO READ SOME INTRODUCTORY REMARKS FOR EACH VIDEO AND TO SEE AN OVERVIEW OF THEIR CONTENT (PDF)
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MUSIC USED IN THE SERIES (PDF)
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IMAGES AND PAINTINGS USED IN THE SERIES (PDF)
PART I – THE SPELL OF THE SACRED
PART II – THE DANCE OF THE SACRED (3 VIDEOS)
PART III – THE MYTHICAL REFLECTION OF THE AMBIGUOUS SACRED (3 VIDEOS)
PART IV – THE ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF CULTURAL FACTS EXPLAINED (2 VIDEOS)
PART V – THE GOSPEL REVELATION OF THE MYTHICAL LIE (2 VIDEOS)
NEDERLANDSTALIGE VERWERKINGSTAKEN BIJ DE VIDEOSERIE (PDF)
SCHEMA SACRALISERINGSPROCES + VOORBEELDEN (PDF)
WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK NAAR RELIGIEUZE SYSTEMEN (PDF)
JEZUS IS GEEN KLASSIEK MYTHOLOGISCHE HELD, DAAROM ‘CHRISTUS’ (PDF)
Tertio, 6 april 2022 – Een subversieve koning van vrijheid en liefde (pdf)
WATCH ALSO: GIRARD ON THE ORIGIN OF RELIGION (CLICK HERE)
CLICK HERE FOR FAQs (FROM RAVEN FOUNDATION)
KLIK HIER VOOR VERTALING VAN FAQs OVER DE MIMETISCHE THEORIE
I compiled the following, older documentary film On the Origin of Cultures, in three parts, introducing some major topics of mimetic theory and René Girard’s thinking. Transcription of the videos (in English & Dutch) is available below, beneath PART III.
PART I of the film explores the fundamental role of mimesis (imitation) in human development on several levels (biological, psychological, sociological, cultural). René Girard’s originality lies in his introduction of a connection between this old philosophical concept and human desire. He speaks of a certain mimetic desire and ascribes to it a vital role in our social interaction. It explains our often competitive and envious tendencies. More specifically, Girard considers mimetic desire as the source for a type of conflict that is foundational to the way human culture originates and develops. In his view the primal cultural institutions are religious. Following a sociologist like Émile Durkheim, Girard first considers religion as a means to organize our social fabric, and to manage violence within communities.
The more specific question the first part of this documentary tries to answer is the following: where do sacrifices, as rituals belonging to the first signs of human culture, originally come from? How can they be explained? Click to watch:
PART II starts off with a summary and then further insists on the fundamental role of the so-called scapegoat mechanism at the origin of religious and cultural phenomena.
PART III explores the world of mythology and human storytelling in the light of Girard’s theory on certain types of culture founding conflicts and scapegoat mechanisms. Girard comes to surprising conclusions regarding storytelling in Judeo-Christian Scripture.
CLICK HERE FOR FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION (PDF)
KLIK HIER VOOR EEN VERTALING (PDF)
KLIK HIER VOOR EEN OVERZICHT (PDF)
CURSUSMATERIAAL AFGELEID VAN VROUWEN, JEZUS EN ROCK-‘N-ROLL
Great video information introducing Girard. I would like to correspond with you about some of this if you are amenable.
Thanks! If you would like to correspond with me, you can always mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
zeer leerrijk en leuk om weten 🙂 op aanraden van onze leerkracht mevrouw eeckhout
Ja, die ken ik 🙂 – en ze weet ook dat de filmpjes niet zomaar uit de lucht komen vallen. Leuk dat je er iets aan hebt!
Thank you for this wonderful documentary!
Must be, for now, the only one out there summarizing Girard’s thinking with examples nicely placed.
Dear Eric, I have prepared a HUNGARIAN subtitle (subtitled version) for the first film, I wanted to make it public but Facebook said I am violating copyrights, please let me know what to do with subtitle to let Hungarians watch the film… Subtitle file is in .srt format
Honestly: Gabor Lisztes, Budapest
I don’t really know how to help you. I started this blog because I couldn’t upload the films properly on YouTube, because of the music I used. I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but I made a transcription in English. Maybe that could help people already? I’m sorry I can’t really help you out.
Thanks for your time and effort!
I’m a former student of Mr. Buys, and I volunteered to add Dutch subtitles to these videos. I have the original video files on my pc, so if you could send me your .srt files, I could add those to the video as well as I used them to create the Dutch subtitles. I know it’s a bit late, but if you’re still interested, I bet I can get Mr. Buys to add a Hungarian version to this blog.
Thanks in advance,
Thanks already Matthias for your wonderful work!
Dear Matthias, thanks, I think that would be useful, please send me your e-mail address to attach .srt files.
Gabor Lisztes (Hungary)
This is the work Matthias has done, providing the Hungarian subtitles for the first part of on the origin of cultures.
Thank you very much, Matthias!
Hi Eric, thanks for this. Great material. It looks like you’re Dutch as well? 🙂
Well Jonathan, you’re welcome :). I’m Belgian, from Flanders.
Hoe heb je het werk van Girard leren kennen? Wist je dat er een Nederlandse Girard Studiekring is?
Thank you, Eric, for an excellent contribution to understanding Rene Girard’s revelatory theory of mimetic desire and scapegoating in the founding of human religions and cultures and Christianity’s nonviolent antidote of non-violent love in creating true peace on this earth.
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