G. Călinescu Institute of Literary History and Theory of the Romanian Academy
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The Genius as Natural Phenomenon vs. The Genius as Miracle: The Evolution from a 19th Century Rationalist Explanation to an Irrationalist 20th Century One
Abstract: This paper investigates certain aspects of the concept of “genius” in 19th European literature and philosophy. The peculiarity of my approach consists in noticing a change within the epistemological foundation of this concept on a line that starts, at the beginning of the 19th century, from an eminently rationalist framework, but evolves progressively toward an irrational or supernatural perspective.
Keywords: genius, planet, cosmology, physics laws, nature’s laws, gravitation law, classical mechanics, Isaac Newton, Immanuel Kant, J.F. Herbart, Arthur Schopenhauer, Hippolyte Taine, G. Ibrăileanu.
Citation suggestion: Dumitru Teodora. „Geniul ca fenomen în ordinea naturii vs. geniul ca miracol: evoluția de la o explicație raționalistă de secol XIX la una iraționalistă de secol XX”. Transilvania, no. 3(2022): 32-40.