By Jeremiah L. Alberg

the idea of René Girard on violence, sacrifice, and mimetic conception has exerted a powerful impression on jap students in addition to world wide. during this selection of essays, originating from a Tokyo convention on violence and faith, students name on Girardian rules to handle apocalyptic occasions that experience marked Japan's fresh historical past in addition to different facets of, basically, jap literature and tradition. Girard's theological proposal of apocalypse resonates strongly with these grappling with the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in addition to occasions akin to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. In its concentrate on Girard and devastating violence, the participants elevate problems with promise and peril for us all.

The essays partly I of the amount are basically rooted within the occasions of global battle II. The participants hire mimetic thought to reply to using nuclear guns and the specter of absolute destruction. Essays partly II conceal a variety of issues in eastern cultural heritage from the point of view of mimetic thought, starting from vintage and sleek eastern literature to anime. Essays partly III tackle theological questions and mimetic thought, particularly from a Judeo-Christian viewpoint.

Contributors: Jeremiah L. Alberg, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Yoko Irie Fayolle, Eric Gans, Sandor Goodhart, Shoichiro Iwakari, Mizuho Kawasaki, Kunio Nakahata, Andreas Oberprantacher, Mery Rodriguez, Thomas Ryba, Richard Schenk, OP, Roberto Solarte, Matthew Taylor, and Anthony D. Traylor.

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