In this week's episode of The Neutral Ground Podcast, we discuss Dr. Duane Armitage's book: Philosophy's Violent Sacred. In the book, Armitage explores French philosopher Rene Girard's reading of religion as catharsis for the appeasement of group violent tendencies. We discuss the thesis of his book, Heidegger, and Nietzsche's will to power, Milton's Satan, and the concept of turning the other cheek.
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Works by Duane Armitage: https://amzn.to/3JdgazW
Duane Armitage YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Duane422
Works by Rene Girard: https://amzn.to/3sliP3L
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01:36 How are you using the term postmodernism?
04:39 Some background on Rene Girard
07:20 What is Girard's Triangle of Mimetic Desire
09:35 Nietzsche and Heidegger's Will to Power
11:33 What happens when there is no end to power
13:31 Nietzsche asks a difficult question
19:27 Is Nihilism a good thing?
25:10 How does Judeo-Christianity deconstruct myth?
27:50 How does Satan/Milton's Satan fit into this notion of the accuser?
38:43 How does turn the other cheek function in Girard's view?
40:38 How did this study alter the way you interact with the world?
49:23 What projects are you working on now?
51:49 Closing thoughts
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