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Die Frage des Opfers im Spannungsfeld von West und Ost: René Girard, Simone Weil und Mahatma Gandhi über Gewalt und Gewaltfreiheit

Wolfgang Palaver
Zeitschrift für katholische Theologie
Vol. 132, No. 4 (2010), pp. 462-481
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24171150
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Die Frage des Opfers im Spannungsfeld von West und Ost: René Girard, Simone Weil und Mahatma Gandhi über Gewalt und Gewaltfreiheit
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Abstract

The complex problem of sacrifice is treated from different perspectives in Western and Eastern traditions. Girard's late turn towards a more comprehensive view of the term can be understood as a certain opening up to Eastern traditions. It corresponds with Simone Weil's critique of a pacifism turning against violence only out of cowardliness. Weil's analysis of both Western and Eastern religious traditions finally leads to Mahatma Gandhi who similarly knows that non-violence can demand sacrifice.

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