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ManhuntsA Philosophical History$
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Grégoire Chamayou

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151656

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151656.001.0001

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(p.149) Conclusion

Grégoire Chamayou

Steven Rendall

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. This book outlines the history of the changing morphology of cynegetic powers, the ones that are exercised by tracking and capturing subjects. Whereas an author like René Girard postulates a kind of invariant of violence in human societies that is for him essentially based on a logic of expiatory sacrifice, this book has instead tried to bring out what was specific, in their motives and functions, to each of the great historical phenomena of manhunting. Contrary to what the theory of the scapegoat claims, the choice of prey, for example, is never arbitrary or “relatively indifferent”: it is governed by targeted strategies that remain unintelligible so long as they are reduced to the uniform model of a sacrificial violence.

Keywords:   cynegetic powers, manhunting, manhunts, capture, tracking, René Girard

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