Desired Possessions

Karl Polany, René Girard, and the Critique of the Market Economy

Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture


"The most radical critique of liberal capitalism ever": that is how Louis Dumont describes The Great Transformation, Karl Polanyi's classic work on the rise of the market system. Yet Polanyi's approach is ultimately less radical than René Girard's...

Freud, Judge of Sigmund

Narcissism and the Varieties of Self-Love in Rousseau

Revue du MAUSS


The keystone of Freud's social theory is an improbably asocial individual: the leader. Freud confronts the same logical paradoxes in building his system as the author of The Social Contract and Rousseau, Judge of Jean-Jacques...