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René Noël Théophile Girard

(1923-12-25)December 25, 1923
Died November 4, 2015(2015-11-04) (aged 91)
Alma mater École Nationale des Chartes (Master's degree)
Indiana University (Ph.D)
Known for Mimetic desire
Scapegoat mechanism as origin of sacrifice and foundation of human culture
Awards Académie française (Seat 37)
Knight of the Légion d’honneur
Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Scientific career
Institutions Duke University,
Bryn Mawr College,
Johns Hopkins University,
State University of New York at Buffalo,
Stanford University
Notable students Peter Thiel
Influences Claude Lévi-Strauss
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René Noël Théophile Girard ( December 25, 1923 – November 4, 2015) was a French-American historian, literary critic, and philosopher of social science. His writings were based on anthropological philosophy. Girard was the author of nearly thirty books with his writings spanning many academic domains. His work was based on literary criticism, critical theory, anthropology, theology, psychology, mythology, sociology, economics, cultural studies, and philosophy.

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