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THINGS HIDDEN 48: Jean-Michel Oughourlian on Mimetic Desire in the Global Pandemic

In this latest THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski and Shannon Braswell sit down with returning guest, Jean-Michel Oughourlian, the co-author of Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World. Mr. Oughourlian talks about his two upcoming books Alterity and The Work that Heals. How do we reconcile individuality and collective identity, especially in the light […]

THINGS HIDDEN 47: Christ Beyond Metaphysics with Anthony Bartlett

In this brand new THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski is joined by Anthony Bartlett who talks about his new book Theology Beyond Metaphysics. Why do we need a theology beyond metaphysics? How is the Christian Logos radically different from its Greek predecessor? Is the world capable of critiquing violence without Christianity? Why does the old […]

How Not to Apply Rene Girard to Current Events

David Gornoski starts the episode by deconstructing a misinterpretation of Rene Girard’s mimetic theory and explaining how we can avoid further misinterpretations. Is it possible to be exposed to Girard’s work and still scapegoat others? What are the latest Orwellian revelations coming out of Australia? Are parents finally standing up for their children against tyrannical […]

THINGS HIDDEN 44: Why We Want with Luke Burgis

THINGS HIDDEN! David Gornoski sits down with Luke Burgis, the author of Wanting, for a conversation on the anthropology of desire. Luke and David talk about the introduction to the work of Rene Girard; rivalry in relationships; mimesis in social media; the untold story about Ferrari and Lamborghini; the physics aspect of mimesis and its […]

THINGS HIDDEN 42: Reading Rene Girard During the COVID-19 Pandemic With Geoffrey Shullenberger

David Gornoski sits down with Geoffrey Shullenberger of the Outsider Theory podcast in this latest THINGS HIDDEN conversation. The two look at pandemic politics, the scapegoating of Trump, and cancel culture through the anthropological lens of Rene Girard. How does Girard’s paradoxical approach to religion undermine modern-day academia? Are we living in the most Girardian […]

THINGS HIDDEN 38: Mimetic Narratives and Symbols in Economics

David Gornoski is joined by the returning Burke Peters for a new THINGS HIDDEN conversation. Burke Peters talks about his recent article on economics and desire; the connection between narratives and symbols to economics; the mindset behind the demands for coercive market regulations; how the Gospel builds a high trust society; the housing market crisis; […]

THINGS HIDDEN 37: Mimesis and Victim Solidarity with Dr. Grant Kaplan

In this THINGS HIDDEN conversation, David Gornoski is joined by Grant Kaplan, professor of theological studies at Saint Louis University and author of René Girard, Unlikely Apologist. Professor Kaplan talks about his experience of meeting Rene Girard; why traditional apologetics don’t work as well as before; the difference between mimetic theory and critical theory; being in […]

THINGS HIDDEN 34: Mimetic Failure of Mythic Heroes and the Triumph of Christ with Erik Buys

THINGS HIDDEN! David Gornoski is joined by Erik Buys, author at Mimetic Margins, teacher, and elected member of the board of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R). What is the difference between Christ’s sacrifice and the three types of heroic sacrifice in mythology? What is extremism and how does it lure people? Why is […]

David Gornoski on Culinary Libertarian: René Girard, Mimetics, and Mythology

David Gornoski recently appeared on Dann Reid’s “The Culinary Libertarian” podcast. Culinary Libertarian: “David Gornoski discusses René Girard’s mimetics theory with me as we discuss how ancient man’s basic practices to survive apply to life today. On the way, we find parallels to the state, religion, and the Divine.” Listen to the Culinary Libertarian podcast […]

David Gornoski on Liberty Lockdown Podcast: Freedom Through Sacrifice

Liberty Lockdown Podcast · Ep 64 David Gornoski David Gornoski recently appeared on the Liberty Lockdown podcast. “With all due respect to the unbelievable guests I’ve had on this is hands down the most revelatory, beautiful, spiritually uplifting episode I’ve ever done. For your own sake, don’t miss it” –Liberty Lockdown Follow Liberty Lockdown podcast […]