Mark Anspach, Ph.D.
Mark R. Anspach is an American anthropologist and social theorist based in Europe. He has been affiliated with the Centre de Recherche en Épistémologie Appliquée, École Polytechnique, Paris for more than twenty-five years. His research has focused on the ritual aspects of violence and exchange and on social and cognitive mechanisms of circular causality. He has contributed chapters in a number of books, including Violence and the Sacred in the Modern World (1991), Introduction aux Sciences Cognitives (1992), Self-Deception and Paradoxes of Rationality (1998), and Che cos'è il religioso? (2006), and he is the author of dipe mimétique (2010) and À Charge de Revanche: Figures Élémentaires de la Réciprocité (2002). He is also the editor of the Cahier de L'Herne Girard (2008) and of Oedipus Unbound: Selected Writings on Rivalry and Desire by René Girard (2004).