The Mimetic Brain (Studies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture)

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The discovery of mirror neurons in the 1990s led to an explosion of research and debate about the imitative capacities of the human brain. Some herald a paradigm shift on the order of DNA in biology, while others remain skeptical. In this revolutionary volume Jean- Michel Oughourlian shows how the hypotheses of René Girard can be combined with the insights of neuroscientists to shed new light on the “mimetic brain.”
Offering up clinical studies and a complete reevaluation of classical psychiatry, Oughourlian explores the interaction among reason, emotions, and imitation and reveals that rivalry—the blind spot in contemporary neuroscientific understandings of imitation—is a misunderstood driving force behind mental illness. Oughourlian’s analyses shake the very foundations of psychiatry as we know it and open up new avenues for both theoretical research and clinical practice.

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Jean-Michel Oughourlian is the former chief of psychiatry at the American Hospital of Paris and taught for many years at the Sorbonne and the University of Franche-Comté.
 

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“This is Oughourlian’s most important book since The Puppet of Desire. . . . Its theory of the three ‘brain functions’—rational, emotive, and mimetic—is clearly explained and well-illustrated with fascinating case studies that show how psychoses and neuroses need to be understood as involving the interaction of all three in different proportions relating to the particular case. As an added bonus, the author’s warm humanity and sense of humor make this book a delight to read.”
Eugene Webb, professor emeritus, University of Washington

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