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Bytniewski, P. (2011). Geniusz i szaleństwo w epoce nowoczesnej. Zagadnienia Naukoznawstwa, 4(190), 541–547. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
BibTeX citation key: Bytniewski2011g
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Keywords: genius, madness, modernity
Creators: Bytniewski
Collection: Zagadnienia Naukoznawstwa
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Added by: Paweł Bytniewski  Last edited by: Paweł Bytniewski
The base upon idea of a genius is a root metaphor in which spatial relation are used to picture rela-tionship between the spiritual forces. Genius is spiritual force – personal or not – which dominates some milieu. So, genius is a spiritual force which exert on its environment bigger influence, than this environment impress on its. Inspiration is a mode of its activity as such.
In the paper i refer to modern conceptualization of the genius as contaminated with mad-ness. What is character of this modern “genius-as-mad” contamination? What is its significance to the modern culture? I argue that self-realization and authenticity are the two main imperatives of modernity which gives weight “genius-as-mad” figure of thinking. Modernity – in the deep of psyche - finds its motivation to criticize conventional and normative character of culture and base to promote transgressive and self-creative subject. And as a necessary consequence what is at stake in modernity is a fragile and uncertain historicity of the human being.
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