Raven Foundation favorite, Prof. Paul Dumouchel, joined me on November 28 for a wide-ranging conversation about American politics following the midterm elections. Prof. Dumouchel is a respected scholar of political philosophy and an expert in mimetic theory. He applied Girard’s insights about rivalry and conflict to a variety of issues, including President Trump’s rejection of his own government’s reports on the impact of climate change and the involvement of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. We also discussed Trump’s accusations that court judgments against him are the result of political bias. The question that haunted our discussion was this: What happens to politics when skepticism dominates and we all suspect one another of ulterior motives and hidden agendas? The Raven Foundation is delighted to make Prof. Dumouchel’s illuminating perspective available to you. To access the entire conversation and other exclusive content for our subscribers, subscribe to the Raven Foundation today.
Paul Dumouchel is Professor of philosophy at the Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. He is co-author with Jean-Pierre Dupuy of L’Enfer des choses, René Girard et la logique de l’économie (Paris: Seuil, 1979) and author of Emotions essai sur le corps et le social (Paris: Les Empêcheurs de Penser en rond, 1999). He co-edited with Jean-Pierre Dupuy L’auto-organisation de la physique au politique (Paris: Seuil, 1983), edited Violence and Truth (Stanford University Press, 1988), Nationalisme et multiculturalisme en Asie (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2010) and with Rieko Gotoh he co-edited Against Injustice: The New Economics of Amartya Sen (Cambridge University Press, 2009). His more recent books are Economia dell’invidia (Massa: Transeuropa, 2011), The Ambivalence of Scarcity and Other Essays (Michigan State University Press), and, with Reiko Gotoh, Social Bonds as Freedom (Berghahn Books). His recent book, The Barren Sacrifice: An Essay on Political Violence (Michigan State University Press), was first published as Le sacrifice inutile essai sur la violence politique (Paris: Flammarion, 2011). His latest book, published by Harvard University Press, is titled Living with Robots: Artificial Empathy and Philosophy of Mind was released in November 2017.