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The Debate over the Origin of Genius During the Italian Renaissance: The Theories of Supernatural Frenzy and Natural Melancholy in Accord and in Conflict ... (Brill's Studies in Intellectual History) [Hardcover]

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This study explores a prominent Italian Renaissance theme, the origin of genius, revealing how the coalescence of a Platonic theory of divine frenzy and an Aristotelian theory of melancholy genius eventually disintegrated under the force of late Renaissance events.



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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   502
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 7" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   2.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2001
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004123628  
ISBN13  9789004123625  


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The Debate over the Origin of Genius  Nov 5, 2009
The starting point of the philosophical debate over the origin of genius is found in the proposition, most notably espoused by Ficino at the center of the Florentine Platonic revival, that natural melancholy, being supremely adaptable to the agitations of demonic alienation, is equally adaptable to the agitations of divine alienation. Whereas the result in the first instance is the prodigious ability of the demonically inspired to effect illicit magic or sorcery, the result in the second instance is the ability of the divinely inspired to effect uncommon states of mystical ecstasy and contemplation, prophetic insight, philosophical acuity and profundity, poetic and artistic creativity, and other acts of extraordinary mental and spiritual prowess. In the first instance melancholy can be said to contribute to that genius which is the mainstay of sorcery, and in the second instance, to genius in its capacity as a prime motivator of what is most excellent and admired in the sweep of human productivity.

Also recommended is the author's study: Trithemius and Magical Theology: A Chapter in the Controversy over Occult Studies in Early Modern Europe (Suny Series in Western Esoteric Traditions).
 

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