Hard to read. Impossible to forget. Reality changing. A whole new way to understand humanity. Everyone should read it and the world may change for the better. Girard's thesis is that violence is at the heart of the sacred, that violence belongs to all, and no one.
The book received both positive and mixed reviews. Girard discusses the ritual role of sacrifice. He reevaluates Sigmund Freud 's Totem and Taboo , writing that while it has been widely rejected, he views the work differently. He notes that Freud's concept of collective murder is close to the themes of his own work. Violence and the Sacred was first published in by Editions Bernard Grasset. Subsequent English editions include those published by The Athlone Press in and Continuum in Violence and the Sacred received a positive review from G.
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