Mimetic Evil : A Conceptual and Ethical Study

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dc.contributor.author Airaksinen, Timo
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-22T13:53:01Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-22T13:53:01Z
dc.date.issued 2020-10
dc.identifier.citation Airaksinen , T 2020 , ' Mimetic Evil : A Conceptual and Ethical Study ' , Problemos : Filosofijos leidinys , vol. 98 , no. 2 , pp. 58-70 . https://doi.org/10.15388/problemos.98.5
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/325075
dc.description One of the series of papers on irony.
dc.description.abstract Irony and sarcasm are common linguistic tropes. They are both based on falsehoods that the speaker pretends to be true. I briefly characterize their differences. A third trope exists that works when the relevant propositions are true – yet its rhetorical effect resembles irony and sarcasm, I call it mocking. It is mimetic evil: an agent copies another so that the result ridicules him. The image is, in a limited way, true of him and it hurts; we all are vulnerable. I provide a systematic framework for understanding this phenomenon, mocking, in terms of emulation and simulation. Finally, I introduce an idea of universal mimesis and discuss René Gir-ard’s theory of desire. He argues that desires are copies of a model. This may not be possible, and I suggest a modification to his theory. I pay attention to his idea of mimetic desire as a source of hatred, which is elated to what I call here mimetic mocking. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Problemos : Filosofijos leidinys
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 611 Philosophy
dc.subject Irony
dc.subject Mocking
dc.subject Emulation
dc.subject Simulation
dc.subject Girard
dc.title Mimetic Evil : A Conceptual and Ethical Study en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Faculty Common Matters
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.15388/problemos.98.5
dc.relation.issn 1392-1126
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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