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Genius
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[German Version]

(Lat. ingenium/genius; Fr. génie) is the capacity for creative discovery and production. In analogy to G.W. Leibniz's notion of the divine choice of possible worlds, genius was characterized in the 18th century as the releaser of unrealized possibilities. Through the concept of genius with its productive power of imagination (Imagination, Power of), the aesthetics (I) of the 18th century valued the naturally given, spontaneous and emotionally accented facility for creativity above the regularity of reason. Associated with this asses…

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Recki, Birgit, “Genius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08388>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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