Dean of the school of catholic theology and professor of social ethics - Universität Innsbruck.
Mail address
wolfgang.palaver@uibk.ac.at
Affiliated University - Country
University of Innsbrück - Austria
Faculty Rank

Professor of Catholic Social Teaching

Member of the Research Workshop on Religion & Violence at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton (until December 2018)

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Academic degrees
  • Dr., Mag. Theol.
Teaching fields
  • Social ethics
  • Religio-political science
  • Ethics in computer science
Research fields
  • Religio-political science
  • Social ethics
Research topics
  • Violence and religion
  • Terrorism
  • Capitalism and religion
  • Carl Schmitt
  • Simone Weil
  • René Girard and mimetic theory
Publications / contributions
  • Girard René, and Wolfgang Palaver. Gewalt und Religion. Ursache oder Wirkung? Translated by Heide Lipecky and Andreas Leopold Hofbauer. Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2010.
  • Hetzel Andreas, Wolfgang Palaver, and Dietmar Regensburger. “The Reception of the Mimetic Theory in the German-Speaking World.” Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture 20 (2013): 25-76.
  • Palaver Wolfgang. “Religion und Gewalt: René Girards und Charles Taylors komplementäre Beiträge zu einer zeitgemäßen Theorie.” In Kommunitarismus und Religion, edited by Michael Kühnlein, 319-328. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2010.
  • “Religion und Gewalt: Walter Burkert und René Girard im Vergleich.” In Gewalt und Opfer. Im Dialog mit Walter Burkert, edited by Anton Bierl and Wolfgang Braungart, 247-266. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2010.
  • “‘Creative Renunciation’: The Spiritual Heart of René Girard’s Deceit, Desire, and the Novel.” Religion & Literature 43, no. 3 (2011): 143-150.
  • “Entsetzen – Terrorismus und Widerstand.” Zeitschrift für Religion und Gesellschaft 1, no. 2 (2011): 129-154.
  • “Europe and Enmity: How Christianity Can Contribute to a Positive Identity.” In Violence, Desire, and the Sacred : Girard’s Mimetic Theory Across the Disciplines, edited by Scott Cowdell, Chris Fleming and Joel Hodge, 171-181. New York: Continuum, 2012.
  • “Simone Weil (1909–1943).” In Außenseiter der Philosophie, edited by Helmut Reinalter and Andreas Oberprantacher, 405-422. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2012.
  • “Mimetic Theories of Religion and Violence.” In The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence, edited by Mark Juergensmeyer, Margo Kitts and Michael K. Jerryson, 533-553. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • “Populismus – Gefahr oder hilfreiches Korrektiv für die gegenwärtige Demokratie?” Jahrbuch für Christliche Sozialwissenschaften 54 (2013): 131-154.
  • René Girard’s Mimetic Theory. Translated by Gabriel Borrud Studies in violence, mimesis, and culture. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2013.
  • “Sacrificial Cults as ‘the Mysterious Centre of Every Religion’: A Girardian Assessment of Aby Warburg’s Theory of Religion.” In Sacrifice and Modern Thought, edited by Johannes Zachhuber and Julia Meszaros, 83-99. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • “Terrorism versus Nonviolent Resistance.” Journal of Religion and Violence 1, no. 2 (2013): 192-215.
  • “Gewalt und Wechselseitigkeit. Über die Ursache zwischenmenschlicher Gewalt, Gewalteskalation und Wege aus der Gewalt.” In Gesichter der Gewalt. Beiträge aus phänomenologischer Sicht, edited by Michael Staudigl, 315-332. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2014.
  • Vox populi, vox Dei: The Pantheistic Temptation of Democracy.” In René Girard and Creative Mimesis, edited by Vern Neufeld Redekop and Thomas Ryba, 143-159. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2014.
  • “Zwei religiöse Quellen des Vorpolitischen: Eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit Carl Schmitt.” In Das Politische und das Vorpolitische: Über die Wertgrundlagen der Demokratie, edited by Michael Kühnlein, 323-337. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2014.
  • “From Closed Societies to the Open Society: Parochial Altruism and Christian Universalism.” In Can We Survive Our Origins?: Readings in Rene Girard’s Theory of Violence and the Sacred, edited by Pierpaolo Antonello and Paul Gifford, 97-114. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2015.
  • Palaver Wolfgang, Andreas Oberprantacher, and Dietmar Regensburger, eds. Politische Philosophie versus Politische Theologie? Die Frage der Gewalt im Spannungsfeld von Politik und Religion, Edition Weltordnung – Religion – Gewalt. Innsbruck: IUP – Innsbruck University Press, 2011.
  • Alison, James, and Wolfgang Palaver, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Mimetic Theory and Religion. New York: Palgrave, 2017.
  • Guggenberger, Wilhelm, and Wolfgang Palaver, eds. Eskalation zum Äußersten? Girards Clausewitz interdisziplinär kommentiert. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015.
  • Palaver, Wolfgang, Harriet Rudolph, and Dietmar Regensburger eds. The European Wars of Religion: An Interdisciplinary Reassessment of Sources, Interpretations, and Myths. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2016.
  • Palaver, Wolfgang, and Richard Schenk, eds. Mimetic Theory and World Religions, Studies in violence, mimesis, and culture. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2018.
File
CV-PALAVER-Wolfgang.pdf
Research topic
Publications
  • Mimetic Theory and World ReligionsUSA, Michigan State University Press, 2018, 470, p.