Imitating Violence, Rene Girard's Reading of Nietzsche | Dr. Duane Armitage #31

Imitating Violence, Rene Girard's Reading of Nietzsche | Dr.  Duane Armitage #31

Imitating Violence, Rene Girard's Reading of Nietzsche | Dr. Duane Armitage #31 

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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00:00 Introduction

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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