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The ambivalence of scarcity and other essays / Paul Dumouchel.

By: Dumouchel, Paul, 1951-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Studies in violence, mimesis, and culture: Publisher: East Lansing, MI : Michigan State University Press, ©2014Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 383 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781609174170; 1609174178.Contained works: Girard, René, 1923-2015. Ambivalence de la rareté.Subject(s): Economics -- Moral and ethical aspects | Scarcity -- Social aspectsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Ambivalence of scarcity and other essays.DDC classification: 174.933 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook. Summary: First published in French in 1979, "The Ambivalence of Scarcity" was a groundbreaking work on mimetic theory. Now expanded upon with new and never-before-published conference texts and essays, this version explores Rene Girard's philosophy in three sections: economy and economics, mimetic theory, and violence and politics in modern societies. The first section argues that though mimetic theory is in many ways critical of modern economic theory, this criticism can contribute to the enrichment of economic thinking. The second section explores the issues of nonviolence and misrecognition (meconnaissance), which have been at the center of many discussions of Girard's work. The final section proposes mimetic analyses of the violence typical of modern societies, from high school bullying to genocide and terrorist attacks. Politics, Dumouchel argues, is a violent means of protecting us from our own violent tendencies, and it can at times become the source of the very savagery from which it seeks to protect us. The book's conclusion analyzes the relationship between ethics and economics, opening new avenues of research and inviting further exploration.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-378) and index.

First published in French in 1979, "The Ambivalence of Scarcity" was a groundbreaking work on mimetic theory. Now expanded upon with new and never-before-published conference texts and essays, this version explores Rene Girard's philosophy in three sections: economy and economics, mimetic theory, and violence and politics in modern societies. The first section argues that though mimetic theory is in many ways critical of modern economic theory, this criticism can contribute to the enrichment of economic thinking. The second section explores the issues of nonviolence and misrecognition (meconnaissance), which have been at the center of many discussions of Girard's work. The final section proposes mimetic analyses of the violence typical of modern societies, from high school bullying to genocide and terrorist attacks. Politics, Dumouchel argues, is a violent means of protecting us from our own violent tendencies, and it can at times become the source of the very savagery from which it seeks to protect us. The book's conclusion analyzes the relationship between ethics and economics, opening new avenues of research and inviting further exploration.

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Paul Dumouchel is Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.

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