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Divine fury : a history of genius

Author: Darrin M McMahon
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2013.
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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: Electronic books
Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
McMahon, Darrin M.
Divine Fury : A History of Genius.
New York : Basic Books, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Darrin M McMahon
ISBN: 9780465069910 0465069916 1306313430 9781306313438
OCLC Number: 857800240
Description: 1 online resource (361 pages)
Contents: Introduction: The Problem of Genius; 1. The Genius of the Ancients; 2. The Genius of Christianity; 3. The Genius of the Moderns; The Dawn of the Idols; 4. Romantic Genius; 5. Geniology; 6. The Religion of Genius; Conclusion: The Genius of the People; Acknowledgments; Notes; Index.
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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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