Sacred Violence: The Legacy of René Girard

Apr 07, 2016
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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James Bernard MurphyDartmouth College

William T. CavanaughDePaul University

Jean-Luc MarionUniversity of Chicago


James B. Murphy (Dartmouth College)
William Cavanaugh (DePaul University)
Jean-Luc Marion (University of Chicago)


cosponsored by the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought and the Theology & Religious Ethics Workshop

Prof. Murphy’s recent Washington Post piece on René Girard and violence can be found HERE.

James Bernard Murphy is Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. He received his doctorate in philosophy and political science from Yale University. Professor Murphy teaches courses on political philosophy and political theology at Dartmouth, including “Jurisprudence,” “Great Trials in History,” “Utopia and its Critics,” and “Sex and Violence in the Bible”.   He has published books on the philosophy of labor and the philosophy of law and has published several articles on Catholic Social Thought. His most recent book is: A Genealogy of Violence: René Girard in Dialogue.

William T. Cavanaugh is a Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University. He holds an M.A. from Cambridge University and a PhD from Duke University. His major areas of research have to do with the Church’s encounter with social, political, and economic realities. Cavanaugh has published numerous books and articles, including Migrations of the Holy: Theologies of State and Church, The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict, and Field Hospital: the Church’s Engagement in Markets, Politics, and Conflict.

Jean-Luc Marion is the Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and Theology and professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, and holds the Dominique Dubarle chair at the Institut Catholique de Paris. He is also Professor Emeritus of Modern Philosophy and Metaphysics at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) and is a member of the Académie Française. Among his books are In the Self’s Place: The Approach of Saint Augustine, God Without Being, and The Erotic Phenomenon. In 2014 he delivered the Gifford Lectures on Givenness and Revelation.