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Divine fury : a history of genius

Author: Darrin M McMahon
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Genius. The word connotes an almost unworldly power: the power to create, to grasp universal secrets, even to destroy. As renowned intellectual historian Darrin McMahon explains in Divine Fury, the concept of genius can be traced back to antiquity, when men of great insight were thought to be advised by demons. The modern idea of genius emerged in tension with a growing belief in human equality; contesting the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Darrin M McMahon
ISBN: 9780465003259 0465003257
OCLC Number: 843228686
Description: xxii, 312 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The problem of genius --
The genius of the ancients --
The genius of Christianity --
The genius of the moderns --
The dawn of the idols --
Romantic genius --
Geniology --
The religion of genius --
Conclusion: The genius of the people.
Responsibility: Darrin M. McMahon.

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From one of our premier intellectual historians, a breath-taking history of genius-the elusive trait that has at once entranced and tormented mankind since time immemorial.  Read more...

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