Paul Dumouchel is Canadian and presently Professor of philosophy at the Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. He is co-author with Jean-Pierre Dupuy of L’Enfer des choses, René Girard et la logique de l’économie (Paris: Seuil, 1979) and author or Emotions essai sur le corps et le social (Paris: Les Empêcheurs de Penser en rond, 1999) – He co-edited Jean-Pierre Dupuy L’auto-organisation de la physique au politique (Paris: Seuil, 1983), edited Violence and Truth (Stranford University Press, 1988), Nationalisme et multiculturalisme en Asie (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2010) and with Rieko Gotoh he co-edited Against Injusitce the New Economics of Amartya Sen (Cambridge Univerisy Press, 2009). His latest books are Le sacrifice inutile essai sur la violence politique (Paris: Flammarion, 2011), Economia dell’invidia (Massa: Transeuropa, 2011), and The Ambivalence of Scarcity and Other Essays (Michigan State University Press) forthcoming 2013 and with Reiko Gotoh Social Bonds as Freedom (Berghahn Books) forthcoming 2014.

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Scarcity, Preferences and Cooperation: A Mimetic Analysis

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2013

In “The Ambivalence of Scarcity” which is my contribution to L’Enfer des choses. René Girard et la logique de l’économie, written by Jean-Pierre Dupuy and originally published in French in 1978, I attempt to apply mimetic theory to modern economics and to economicphenomena, and also to explain why economic issues and economics as a discipline occupy such an important place in the modern world.