Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

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Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World
Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World (French edition).jpg
The French edition
Author René Girard
Original title Des choses cachées depuis la fondation du monde
Translator Stephen Bann, Michael Metteer
Country France
Language French
Subject Anthropology
Publisher Éditions Grasset & Fasquelle
Publication date
1978
Published in English
1987
Media type Print
Pages 469
ISBN 0-8047-2215-3

Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World (French: Des choses cachées depuis la fondation du monde) is a 1978 book by philosopher of social science René Girard.

Summary[edit]

Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World contains a comprehensive overview of Girard's work up to that point, and a reflection on the Judaeo-Christian texts.[1]

Scholarly reception[edit]

The book became a national bestseller in France, and according to Chris Fleming provoked "intense (and often heated) discussion in the upper echelons of the French academy. Theorists such as Michel Serres, Paul Ricoeur, and Philippe Sollers were all admirers of the work, and, later, other theorists such as the renowned Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo and the Canadian social and political theorist Charles Taylor expressed - and, indeed, continue to express - more than a token admiration for Girard's project."[1]

Fleming calls Girard's reflection on the Judaeo-Christian texts "very substantial".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fleming, Chris (2004). René Girard: Violence and Mimesis. Cambridge: Polity Press. pp. 112–113. ISBN 0-7456-2948-2.