René Girard Biography
(French Polymath, Historian and Philosopher of Social Science)
Birthday: December 25, 1923 (Capricorn)
Born In: Avignon, France
René Girard was a French philosopher of social science, historian, anthropologist, educator, and author. Labeled as the "most compelling Catholic thinker of the age,'' he propounded the "mimetic theory," through which he expounded a comprehensive view on the anthropology of religion. A renowned literary critic, Girard had authored nearly 30 books that reflected his thinking on disciplines such as anthropology, theology, psychology, mythology, sociology, economics, cultural studies, philosophy, history, and biblical hermeneutics. Girard had been a pioneer in the field of the epistemological and ethical systems of desire. Over the years, he had developed theories related to “mimetic desire” and Judeo-Christian scriptures. He had provided a critical view of the Oedipus complex and the “scapegoat mechanism.” He believed that specific conflicts could be solved to an extent through his theories but had always professed Catholic beliefs as the best way to prevent violence. Despite Girard’s distinguished career, contemporary philosophers have marginalized his works due to the lack of any specific disciplinary affiliation. On the contrary, theologians still second his thoughts and acknowledge his commitment to Christianity.