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Completing Girard: Antidotes to Apocalypse w/ Johnathan Bi
Johnathan Bi visits The Stoa to discuss his manuscript, “Completing Girard: Antidotes to Apocalypse.”

“The aim of this project is to cut through this Gordian knot of modernity braided equally by strands of the good – love and innovation – as well as the bad – apocalyptic violence – to present a theoretical framework that informs praxis. To untangle the positive and negative effects of mimesis, I will reconstruct and defend Girard’s psychological account of mimesis (Part One) and its influence on history (Part Two). At the end of Part Two, I will reconstruct Girard’s prescriptive solution (Chapter 6. Mimetic Eschatology) and criticize it for being unsatisfactory. Part Three aims to resolve the ills of mimesis in a more satisfying fashion by appealing to Buddhist resources from the Mahayana tradition. By putting Girard into dialogue with various Buddhist scholars, I hope to uncover phenomenological resources that can steer us away from violence towards love and innovation.”

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Sep 18, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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