The Resource Divine fury : a history of genius, Darrin M. McMahon

Divine fury : a history of genius, Darrin M. McMahon

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Divine fury : a history of genius
Title
Divine fury
Title remainder
a history of genius
Statement of responsibility
Darrin M. McMahon
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 notion that all are created equal, geniuses served to dramatize the exception of extraordinary individuals not governed by ordinary laws. Today, the idea of genius has become cheapened-rock stars and football coaches earn the term with seemingly the same ease as astrophysicists and philosophers-yet our enduring fascination with it reflects the desires, needs, and fears of ordinary human beings. The first comprehensive history of this mysterious yet foundational concept, Divine Fury follows the fortunes of genius from Socrates to Napoleon to Einstein and beyond, analyzing its democratization, disappearance, and potential rebirth."--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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McMahon, Darrin M
Dewey number
153.9/809
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
BF416.A1
LC item number
M35 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Genius
  • Gifted persons
  • Gifted persons
  • Intellectual life
  • HISTORY / Europe / General
  • RELIGION / History
  • PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / General
  • Gifted persons
  • Intellectual life
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Divine fury : a history of genius, Darrin M. McMahon
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 312 pages, [24] pages of plates
Isbn
9780465003259
Lccn
2013016418
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • 4238097-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4238097
  • (Sirsi) i9780465003259
Label
Divine fury : a history of genius, Darrin M. McMahon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 312 pages, [24] pages of plates
Isbn
9780465003259
Lccn
2013016418
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 4238097-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4238097
  • (Sirsi) i9780465003259

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