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Homo Mimeticus

A New Theory of Imitation

Nidesh Lawtoo (Author),

Category: Media and Visual Culture, Philosophy

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462703469

Publication date: November 11, 2022

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Publication date: November 11, 2022

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DOI: 10.11116/9789461664778

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Genealogy of one of the most ancient and
influential concepts in western thought: Mimesis

Imitation is, perhaps more than ever, constitutive of human originality. Many things have changed since the emergence of an original species called Homo sapiens, but in the digital age humans remain mimetic creatures: from the development of consciousness to education, aesthetics to politics, mirror neurons to brain plasticity, digital simulations to emotional contagion, (new) fascist insurrections to viral contagion, we are unconsciously formed, deformed, and transformed by the all too human tendency to imitate—for both good and ill. Crossing disciplines as diverse as philosophy, aesthetics, and politics, Homo Mimeticus proposes a new theory of one of the most influential concepts in western thought (mimesis) to confront some of the hypermimetic challenges of the present and future.

Written in an accessible yet rigorous style, Homo Mimeticus appeals to both a specialized and general readership. It can be used in courses of modern and contemporary philosophy, aesthetics, political theory, literary criticism/theory, media studies, and new mimetic studies.

Ebook available in Open Access.

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Watch the recording of the book launch: https://youtu.be/3fRhGvbv0Pg

Introduction: Drawing Mimetic Studies
PART 1 — GENEALOGIES: FOUNDATIONS Chapter 1: Birth of Homo Mimeticus Chapter 2: Vita Mimetica in the Cave Chapter 3: Sameness and Difference Replayed
PART 2 — AESTHETICS: CASE STUDIES Chapter 4: The Plasticity of Mimesis Chapter 5: On Animal and Human Mimicry Chapter 6: The Human Chameleon
PART 3 — POLITICS: MIMETIC RE-TURNS Chapter 7: Banality of Evil/Mimetic Complexity Chapter 8: Vibrant Mimesis Chapter 9: The Age of Viral Reproduction
Coda: The Complexity of Mimesis: A Dialogue with Edgar Morin
Notes Bibliography Index

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Nidesh Lawtoo is a philosopher and cultural/literary critic professor of Modern European Literature and Culture at Leiden University and principal investigator of the European Research Council project 'Homo Mimeticus'.

This book will make an important contribution to the
discussion of mimesis in the humanities and in the social sciences.​ It
will find readers in many countries convincing new generations of the
importance of mimetic processes for human development.​
Christoph Wulf, Free University of Berlin

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