Teresa Urszula Klimowicz: "Rene Girard and the Genealogy of Consumerism"
This paper focuses on consumerism as an effect of globalization. The author's analysis presents the issue using Rene Girard's concept of mimetic desire and the "triangle of the desire" and places it in the context of network society. In this paper, a stance on the contemporary consumerism and its routs will be presented, with the special stress on the consumer's relation to the Others and the world as a whole.
Edward Alam: "Soul Reflections: Apes, Anthropology, and Aristotle"
Rene Girard's transdisciplinary approach to the mystery of human origins produces a rich and sophisticated linguistic apparatus that sheds light on traditional Aristotelian accounts of the soul. In light of the work of anthropologists like Girard and while mustering up support from philosophers like Wittgenstein, the present reflections probe the nature of the new anthropological insights generated by the genetic revolution and specify how these new scientific insights may be able to sustain a revival of Aristotelian accounts of form--analogous to the way the revolution in physics has so far sustained a revival of Aristotle's account of matter.