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Louis XIV would envy your life

27 April 2024

9:00 AM

27 April 2024

9:00 AM

Some things in life acquire an outsize popularity which defies all common sense. The outlandish appeal of such things cannot be explained except by reference to René Girard’s theory of mimetic desire – the idea that there are many things we value not for their intrinsic utility and enjoyment but because we see that other people want them.

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